Susman Godfrey obtained a confidential, favorable settlement with General Motors LLC, in a “bellwether” case set for trial in In re: General Motors LLC Ignition Switch Litigation. Hundreds of lawsuits were consolidated into this federal multidistrict litigation in the Southern District of New York, all of which allege that GM’s faulty ignition switches turned cars off and caused accidents. Susman Godfrey’s success in the “bellwether” case helped to define the terms of negotiation in the remaining cases.
In July 2013, Toyota Motor Corporation agreed to pay benefits worth up to $1.6 billion (approximately $1.4 billion after fees and expenses) to settle multi-district class action litigation pending in federal court in Santa Ana, California. In the litigation, plaintiffs, represented by Susman Godfrey as co-lead counsel, asserted claims for economic losses associated with recalls for unintended acceleration problems in Toyota, Lexus and Scion vehicles.
Susman Godfrey represented several thousand individual property owners living in Corpus Christi near several industrial facilities known as “refinery row.” These facilities had polluted the property of our clients. Susman Godfrey obtained certification of a class of property owners and obtained settlements from seven of the eight defendant groups. Settlements with two defendants were obtained near the completion of a trial on the merits.
The firm represented numerous commercial property owners in pursuing claims against Louisiana-Pacific Corporation based on allegations that exterior siding supplied by the company was defectively designed and deteriorated when exposed to moisture. The firm successfully settled these claims before trial.