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A California federal jury found today that the country’s largest automaker concealed an engine defect that caused excessive oil consumption, causing engine damage, stalling, and premature breakdown in tens of thousands of General Motors (NYSE: GM) 5.3-liter SUVs and light trucks. This was a rare class action trial verdict. In a class action lawsuit brought by owners and lessees of GM trucks and SUVs sold from 2011 to 2014 in California, North Carolina, and Idaho and equipped with the brand’s Generation IV Vortec 5300 LC9 engine, DiCello Levitt, a national plaintiffs’ trial firm, won a $102.6 million verdict against GM. The Northern District of California U.S. District Court heard the case.
The case, which was filed in late 2016, said that internal GM records demonstrated that the corporation was soon made aware of a problem with the engine’s piston rings, which led to the vehicles using too much oil. The excessive oil damaged the engine by getting into unsuitable areas of the engine, which finally led to an early breakdown and failure of the engine. By 2010, GM advised its dealers to clean the pistons of the aforementioned cars. When that remedy proved ineffectual, business engineers and other staff members suggested that the piston ring design be modified. In 2011, GM made more ineffectual adjustments to the engine’s design, but the oil consumption problems persisted, and after the 2014 model year, GM eventually stopped making the engine.
Christopher Stombaugh, the case’s lead trial attorney and a partner at DiCello Levitt, remarked, “I am extraordinarily pleased with our trial team for their painstaking preparation and forceful advocacy in this matter.” “I’m grateful for the jury’s bravery as well, which did the right thing in holding GM accountable for its dishonesty and feeble attempts to fix its issues. Without the help of our co-lead trial counsel at Beasley Allen, additional co-counsel Jennie Anderson of Andrus Anderson LLP, and Anthony Garcia of AG Law, none of this would have been possible. I appreciate all they did to support our trial approach.
The jury determined that GM had violated the terms of the Idaho Consumer Protection Act as well as the implied warranties of merchantability to California plaintiffs and car owners in North Carolina. It awarded $2,700 to each of the 38,000 class members, totaling $102.6 million in damages.