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In re General Motors Ignition Switch Litigation
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
2016 WL 1441804 (2016)
Lance Cooper (plaintiff) was the first attorney to discover that the ignition switch in certain General Motors vehicles was defective and had caused personal injuries and deaths. Numerous cases were filed about the switch, and the federal cases were consolidated in multidistrict litigation (MDL). The MDL court appointed Robert Hilliard (defendant) as lead counsel to coordinate the plaintiffs’ personal-injury and death claims. The court also provided procedures for other plaintiffs’ attorneys to raise concerns with the court if needed. The parties selected six bellwether cases to try. The plaintiff in the first bellwether was Hilliard’s client, and the case collapsed when the plaintiff committed perjury. The next day, Cooper filed a motion to have Hilliard removed as lead counsel, accusing Hilliard of mismanagement and professional misconduct. Most notably, Cooper accused Hilliard of playing games with the sequence of the bellwether cases to pressure another plaintiff’s attorney to share fees with Hilliard, which ultimately harmed the plaintiff’s interests.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Furman, J.)
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