Apartheid Victims Spar With GM Over Alleged Abuses

Law360, New York (June 23, 2010, 8:01 PM EDT) -- South Africans who claim that General Motors Corp. aided apartheid-era repression and torture have asked a bankruptcy court to treat them as a class, saying the company made less than a minimal effort to notify them that they could file individual claims.

Two groups, who style themselves the Boha and Balintulo plaintiffs, claim that the automaker built vehicles that it knew would be used by the government to terrorize nonwhite South Africans and that it relied on apartheid's brutality to oppress labor organizers.

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