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Bankruptcy court may play a key role in GM class-action lawsuits

Questions now arise if GM can avoid many class-action claims because of earlier bankruptcy proceedings

The class-action lawsuits against General Motors (GM) in response to an allegedly defective ignition system are getting more complex, with new issues relating to the location of any trials and the role of past bankruptcy proceedings.

Motions from attorneys regarding efforts to consolidate various cases against GM are due on April 25. There are about 55 or 60 cases against GM, one source estimated, and a national multidistrict litigation panel will meet on May 29 in Chicago to consider whether the cases will be consolidated and, if so, where the class-action cases would be heard. 

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