General Motors Can't Cool Off Suit Alleging AC Defect

By Dave Simpson (October 27, 2021, 7:16 PM EDT) -- A Michigan federal judge declined to dismiss a putative consolidated class action accusing General Motors of manufacturing vehicles with faulty air conditioners, ruling Tuesday that the automaker hasn't shown that possible state law variations are enough to kill the suit at this stage.

U.S. District Judge Matthew F. Leitman noted that this factor might be a deal breaker when the plaintiffs attempt to certify their nationwide class, but he found that GM has not conducted the "rigorous analysis" necessary to nix the suit at the pleading stage.

"It has neither completed a choice-of-law analysis nor shown that under that analysis, the...

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