$120M State AG Deal With GM Preludes More State Actions

By Emily Field (October 20, 2017, 10:16 PM EDT) -- General Motors Co.'s $120 million settlement with attorneys general of 49 states and the District of Columbia ending allegations that the automaker hid a potentially fatal defect in its cars represents a trend that's likely to grow of state attorneys general banding together to pursue product liability claims against manufacturers.

Every state in the nation, except for Arizona, in 2014 launched an investigation into the defect and into GM, and sued the automaker, saying it broke consumer protection laws by knowingly selling cars with an ignition-switch defect. By pooling resources, state attorneys general can exert more influence on a manufacturer than...

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