GM In-House Lawyers Pulled Into Ignition Switch Probe

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The in-house lawyers at General Motors Co. are slowly being pulled into the public questions over its ignition switch recall.

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  • Mark Grobbel

    That was me in the prior post.

  • It is so convenient to start pointing fingers at those who are in the "hot seats." The fact remains, lawyers in the GM law department do not typically sit in the same seat year after year. Nor does someone as talented as Mary Barra or Mark Ruess. They move around. Why? To learn the business. This makes them all the more valuable when they move up the corporate ladder. The US House and Senate needed to look good to the public and bring them in right away to demand answers. The right answers to the proper questions take longer than the time given. Do I think Mike was knowledgeable about a change in a spring 1/8 of an inch longer than the original? I hope not. That would mean he was not focusing on the proper items to safeguard GM‘s overall legal status. I have worked with these folks for almost 20 years. They will arrive at the right conclusions and do the right things. For crying out loud, give those who are new to their jobs the necessary time to ask the right questions, vet the answers, and find the truth. They will. Notice I have not evened mentioned how the bankruptcy enters into the information trail. That alone would cause a delay of two years to find the right answers. Forget your privilege crap. They will do what is right and will not hide behind it or anything else. And, the media has not fully revealed the facts behind all the accidents. Again, in the end, we will not have to bring these to the forefront. The company will do the right thing for its customers. Hang on just a little bit.

  • JusticeForKelly

    We think that the outside attorneys at Jenner are conflicted. We know from friends at GM that Valukas and his team of lawyers are claiming attorney client privlege over the interviews with GM employees and high level in-house GM lawyers are attending the interviews to make sure that whatever facts and truth are uncovered are treated as privileged and that the employees are afraid to be forthcoming in front of them. Someone needs to look into this. The employees at GM being interviewed are told by the Valukas team not to speak to anyone about the interviews because they are privilged. Anyone with half a brain would look at this and think that the Valukis investigation is designed to lock in witnesses and to cause everything to be privileged. This does not appear to be an independant investigation and we heard that Valukis has like 200 attorneys at his 400 attorney law firm working on this. Jenner and Valukis love and need GM. They do not want anything bad to happen to GM and they will be the last people to want to say something bad about their best client. We want to know if conducting an investigation like this is proper under the law and under the rules that apply to attorneys. It does‘nt seem right or fair. If it is, tell us how much the two law firms are billing each month for this investigation and give us a date when we can read all of the witness interviews and review all of the memos and documents. Show us your legal bills Mr. Valukis and GM or are those privleged to. Interview the families of those who died Valukis.

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