The Arizona Attorney General has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the state of Arizona against General Motors, claiming that the automaker has defrauded the state’s consumers out of $3 billion.
The complaint alleges that GM intentionally misled Arizonans through its advertising, website, and public statements.
A group of 48 state attorneys general has been pursuing a multistate investigation into GM for its handling of ignition switch defects. Thomas C. Horne, Arizona’s Attorney General, broke from this group and filed the lawsuit on behalf of Arizona alone.
In addition to allegations that GM mishandled its ignition switch recall, the complaint also states that GM manufactured millions of vehicles that were not safe, and lists multiple defects which have plagued GM cars.
Arizona’s consumer penalty statute allows for $10,000 penalties for each violation, which means that the automaker could be liable for up to $3 billion. The complaint is not seeking restitution for vehicle owners, however. The complaint only seeks civil penalties which would be paid to the state. Consumers must pursue their own remedies through either GM’s settlement fund or through multidistrict litigation pending in New York.
If you have been injured by a defective GM vehicle, you have several legal options. Contact the products liability attorneys at Phillips Law Group by calling 1-800-706-3000 and learn how to protect your rights.
To read the text of the Arizona Attorney General’s complaint, go to: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/11/20/business/21ArizonaGMlawsuit.html