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From Products Liability Law Daily, November 17, 2014

GM ignition switch claims compensation program: deadline extended

By Pamela C. Maloney, J.D.

A one month extension of the filing deadline for submission of claims to the GM Ignition Compensation Claims Resolution Facility has been announced by Kenneth R. Feinberg, the Administrator of the Facility. As a result of the announcement, the current deadline of December 31, 2014 has been extended to January 31, 2015. Claimants, therefore, have an additional month to file their claims with the Facility.

Mr. Feinberg emphasized that the many efforts to notify all eligible claimants have been largely successful. Notice has already been sent to almost four and one half million individuals targeting all current and prior owners of the eligible vehicles. An additional one month extension is being implemented “out of an abundance of caution,” he stated and because supplemental notice is being mailed this week by GM to approximately 850,000 newly registered owners and to those individuals for whom a change in registration, change of address or corrected address has been received. Mr. Feinberg added: “Because of our determination to provide comprehensive notice and give each claimant an opportunity to file a claim in a timely manner, we have decided to extend the filing deadline an additional 30 days until January 31, 2015.”

As of November 14, 2014, the Facility had reported that of the 217 death claims it had received, 33 were determined to be eligible for benefits, while another 27 still were under review. The remaining claims had been found ineligible or deficient. A total of 128 Category 1 claims (Physical Injuries resulting in Quadriplegia, Paraplegia, Double Amputation, Permanent Brain Damage or Pervasive Burns) and 1760 Category 2 claims (Physical Injuries requiring hospitalization (or outpatient medical treatment) within 48 hours of the accident) had also been received. Of those, the Facility found 5 Category 1 and 34 Category 2 claims eligible for compensation.

Companies: General Motors, LLC

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