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Lap-Only Seatbelt Claims Preempted In GM Case

Law360 (December 4, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- General Motors Corp. notched a victory on Tuesday when an appeals court affirmed a lower court’s ruling that the lap-only seatbelt claims of the parents of a 12-year-old girl who was killed when the family's Pontiac Grand Am crashed were preempted by federal safety standards.

In a ruling handed down Tuesday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, a three-judge panel said that the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas was correct when it granted summary judgment in favor of...
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