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Parents ask to rescind GM settlement dea

Special to SEGAZINE

During an unusual news conference in a Marietta law office Monday, attorneys watching from the back of the room remarked that they’d never seen this happen before: Plaintiffs trying to give back settlement money.

Kenneth and Mary Melton, who settled a product liability lawsuit against General Motors last year, announced they have asked a judge to rescind the deal and sanction the company for concealing evidence of the ignition switch defect they say caused their daughter Brooke’s death in a Chevrolet Cobalt.

With a new lawsuit filed Monday in Cobb County State Court, the Meltons added claims about GM executives’ knowledge of the ignition defect and concealment of it, alleging spoliation and other discovery abuses. The Meltons also added new lawyers, with Lance Cooper, a solo from Marietta, bringing in Beasley Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles in Montgomery, a personal injury firm with approximately 75 lawyers and 200 support staff.

The Daily Report.

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