Missouri Supreme Court

GM Ignition Case, MO Supreme Court Affirms Venue

Missouri Supreme Court Affirms City of St. Louis Venue for GM Ignition Switch Cases

Potts Law Firm scores win for victims of defect that killed at least 169 people

JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri – The Supreme Court of Missouri ruled yesterday in favor of vehicle owners who are suing General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) over an ignition switch defect that led to at least 169 deaths and forced GM to recall millions of cars. The consolidated lawsuits involving hundreds of victims will now proceed in the Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis despite GM’s attempts to have the claims separated and reassigned to other courts.

“I have said from day one that the City of St. Louis is the proper venue and that these claims should be together. My clients and I are glad the Missouri Supreme Court agreed,” says attorney Derek H. Potts of the Potts Law Firm, who represents the injury victims and families of the deceased. “My goal is to find justice for the men and women who suffered from GM’s callous disregard for customer safety.”

GM appealed the cases to the Missouri Supreme Court after the trial court designated the City of St. Louis as the proper venue and ordered the different claims to be grouped as a single joint action. The lawsuits are based on separate crashes involving 12 different GM models and model years, including Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Pontiac, and Saturn models. The ruling was issued on January 26, 2016.

“GM wanted it both ways by previously arguing for cases to be joined and tried together in New York federal court, but the company took the exact opposite stance in Missouri,” says Mr. Potts. “Now, my clients and I are getting ready for trial so a jury can decide whether GM should be held responsible for building and selling cars with these unreasonably dangerous defects.”

Last September, Mr. Potts filed a lawsuit in the same St. Louis court on behalf of 90 GM ignition switch victims. To learn more about Mr. Potts and his work, click here: https://www.potts-law.com/attorneys-2/derek-potts/.

The Houston-based Potts Law Firm represents clients in a variety of personal injury claims and mass tort matters, from complex pharmaceutical cases to automobile defect cases to product liability claims. The firm currently is accepting new GM ignition switch cases and referrals. Visit https://www.potts-law.com/ for more information.

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