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GM Hires Victims’ Compensation Attorney Kenneth Feinberg

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Tina Robinson3 years ago

GM CEO Mary Barra announced Tuesday that General Motors has retained the services of attorney Kenneth Feinberg, an expert in high-profile victim compensation cases.

GM Hires Kenneth Feinberg

According to a CNN report, General Motors has hired Kenneth Feinberg to advice the automaker on how to proceed regarding victims killed or injured in recalled vehicles.

In a statement issued by GM, Feinberg said, “My mandate from the company is to consider the options for dealing with issues surrounding the ignition switch matter, and to do so in an independent, balanced and objective manner based upon my prior experience.”

In the past, Feinberg has worked on such high-profile cases as the 911 terrorist attacks, Virginia Tech shootings and the Boston Marathon.

Barra Apologizes in Testimony

The announcement that GM has hired Kenneth Feinberg comes as Barra testified before a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Tuesday afternoon. Barra apologized to victims and admitted that the automaker took too long to address the issue. When pressed by Rep. DeGette (D-Co.) about the role that GM will give Feinberg, Barra declined to provide specific actions that Feinberg could take.

A statement from GM Tuesday said that Feinberg will “explore and evaluate options in its response to families of accident victims whose vehicles are being recalled for possible ignition switch defects.”

2.6 Million Vehicles Recalled

All told, GM has recalled 2.6 million vehicles since February for defective ignition switches. At least 13 deaths have been linked to accidents involving the faulty switches. Extra weight on key chains or merely being bumped by drivers can cause the ignition switch to move out of the “on” position, resulting in a sudden loss of engine power and safety features.

GM has insisted that the vehicles are safe to drive until repairs can be made as long as drivers remove all extra items from the key ring. 


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