‘Old GM’ Customer Loses Appeal Over Bankruptcy

May 23, 2014

A bankruptcy judge’s decision that a General Motors Co. customer failed to state a valid claim against the estate of so-called Old GM was upheld by a federal judge in Manhattan.

Such rulings don’t get overturned unless the court’s findings of fact are clearly wrong, U.S. District Judge Lorna Schofield said in ending the appeal of U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Gerber’s decision. An Old GM trust had allowed the customer to pursue a 2009 personal injury lawsuit in Florida during the automaker’s bankruptcy, even though most suits were stopped, Schofield said.

The car owner asked Gerber to rule on his claim after the Florida court dismissed his suit last year, saying he was a “vexatious litigant,” according to a filing yesterday in U.S. Bankrupty Court in Manhattan.

In his suit, the customer demanded compensation from GM’s predecessor for “personal injury, conspiracy, fraud, gross negligence, strict liability, [and] punitive damages,” arising from an alleged defect in his previously owned Hummer H2 vehicle, according to the filing.

Latest Comments

  • May 23, 2014 at 2:57 pm
    Original Bob says:
    Had he been a Prius owner - different ruling.
  • May 23, 2014 at 2:41 pm
    CSP says:
    It now appears to the most casual observer, GM filed for bankrupcy so they would not be held liable for all the defects, injuries and deaths for which they have been responsib... read more
  • May 23, 2014 at 2:10 pm
    Agent says:
    Mr. Solvent, I saw article the other day that GM has recalled more vehicles recently than they have sold in the past 5 years. That new lady CEO has her hands full. Obama may... read more
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