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GM Hires Victims’ Compensation Expert

Destiny Baker3 years ago

General Motors Co. has announced the hiring of Ken Feinberg, an attorney who gained fame after administering a compensation fund for September 11 victims.

According to Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra, Feinberg will advise GM on how best to address an ignition switch defect that has been linked to at least 13 deaths and 31 frontal collisions.

Public Interest Groups Urge GM to Take Responsibility

According to the Wall Street Journal, Ralph Nader and 13 public interest groups have called on General Motors to create a trust fund with the goal of helping families who lost loved ones in connection to GM’s ignition switch recall.

In a letter addressed to Barra, the groups claim that GM failed to disclose essential information concerning the defective ignition switches and is in turn responsible for relieving the “unconscionable burden” placed upon the families of victims who died as a result.

A total of 2.6 million vehicles have been recalled in connection to defective ignition switches which Delphi Automotive, the manufacturer of the switches, claims failed to meet General Motor company specifications prior approval.

House Committee Asks about Feinberg’s Involvement

Barra appeared before the Oversight and Investigation Subcommittee on Tuesday during which she was questioned by members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Among the questions which Barra failed to fully address was whether Feinberg’s involvement with GM indicated that the company planned to compensate or settle with the families who lost loved ones due to the ignition switch defect.

According to Barra, Feinberg will not begin working with the company until Friday and, at this time, is only there to assess the situation.


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