Case Update 1 [Class Action Complaint Filed]
In December 2020, Migliaccio & Rathod LLP filed a federal suit against General Motors LLC regarding the manufacture and sale of defective high voltage batteries in their 2017-2019 Chevrolet Bolt vehicles. The defect in question poses a severe fire risk to any Bolt vehicle at or near full charge, even when the vehicle is parked, turned off, and not receiving an external charge. General Motors eventually acknowledged the defect and issued a recall, stating that potentially 50,932 vehicles were impacted. However, as a result of this recall, General Motors decided to implement a software update that substantially reduces the Bolt’s battery capacity and limits the vehicle’s driving range. Bolt owners are left with a diminished vehicle that, with prior knowledge of the defect, they either would not have purchased or only purchased at a much lower price.
Cases across the country involving the issue were eventually filed and then consolidated before the Hon. Terrence G. Berg in the Eastern District of Michigan. On June 2, 2021, the court ordered Migliaccio & Rathod LLP to be among the firms to serve on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee which will be involved in prosecuting all aspects of the case through final disposition.
Case Update 2 [Amended Consolidated Class Action Complaint Filed]
On September 17, 2021, Migliaccio & Rathod LLP, along with co-counsel, filed an Amended Consolidated Class Action Complaint that added LG Chem, Ltd., LG Energy Solution, Ltd., LG Energy Solution Michigan Inc., LG Electronics, Inc., and LG Electronics USA, Inc. as defendants, as well as expanded the class to include 2020, 2021, and 2022 Model Years of the Chevy Bolt EVs to the litigation, to account for GM’s expanded recall.
A copy of the amended consolidated class action complaint is available below:
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