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

Friday, October 20, 2017

Jillian Thornton Flax, a member in Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation Department, was quoted in Law360's recent article, "$120M State AG Deal With GM Preludes More State Actions." General Motors' $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. Jillian believes, "they have the consumer protection statutes that give them the ability to do that where they might be able to get a quicker settlement rather than a plaintiff going [through] the bellwether process." "I think we will keep seeing these in the future," Jillian said. "From the state attorney general's point of view, there's nothing stopping them."

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