Lawyers in many of the General Motors lawsuits are seeking to have the cases consolidated and handled by the same judge that was overseeing the Toyota Motor Corporation sudden-acceleration litigation. The Toyota Motor Corporation litigation ultimately resulted in a $1.63 billion settlement. The district judge, which is based in California, has obviously a unique experience in handling these types of cases and is looking at a request currently to consolidate them all into one.
Obviously, if you have suffered an injury or death – your loved one – because of the faulty ignition switch on a General Motors vehicle, you have the right to either join in a class action or to have a lawyer separately bring your claim individually. Ultimately that’s a decision that is made between you and your lawyer, so seeking legal counsel as quickly as possible is extremely important.