GM’s legal department increasingly the focus of investigations after ignition switch defect

Three senior lawyers were among the 15 GM employees who lost jobs following the internal investigation led by former U.S. Attorney Anton R. Valukas.

There is increasing focus on the legal department at General Motors as investigations continue on the company’s controversial response to an ignition switch defect. Last week, The New York Times reported that the legal department’s response will be a top priority in expected Congressional hearings on the ignition system and associated recall.

It was also reported that the legal department’s activities “ultimately worked against” GM, according to NYT. GM lawyers allegedly “kept their knowledge of fatal accidents related to a defective ignition switch from their own boss, the company’s general counsel, Michael P. Millikin,” NYT said. Millikin was absolved of wrongdoing in an internal review by GM.

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