The Plaintiffs Atty Who Exposed GM's Fatal Flaws

Law360, New York (April 14, 2014, 9:47 PM EDT) -- Three years ago, plaintiffs attorney Lance Cooper found something unusual about the ignition key on a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt that crashed, killing his clients' 29-year-old daughter: It was in the wrong position at impact. That inconsistency led to Cooper's extraordinary discovery that General Motors Co. ignition switches were defective and ultimately pushed the automaker into its largest crisis since its 2009 bankruptcy.

Cooper found that the key in Brooke Melton's Cobalt was in the "accessory" position — rather than in the "run" position, where it should have been — when she crashed, suggesting it had slipped out of position. The mechanic...

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