In a massive class action against General Motors, hundreds of suits have been consolidated into a federal multidistrict litigation in New York over an ignition switch defect in GM vehicles, which causes the engine to switch off during use and disable the car’s air bags. A Susman Godfrey Partner has been named to the plaintiffs’ Executive Committee by the Court for this matter. Susman Godfrey is slated to try a bellwether case to a jury in 2017.
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.