According to lawyers that have called General Motors to trial over the company’s decade-long overdue recall of 2.6 million autos with defective ignition switches, a deposition will be taken from former GM chief executive officer Rick Wagoner.
He was the leader of the automaker ahead of its 2009 bankruptcy procedure and was fired by the Obama administration – and it appears his woes about that period are not over – he will be questioned in relation to the company’s decade-long overdue recall that has been linked to more than one hundred fatalities. According to Bob Hilliard, a Texas attorney who serves as one of the three lead attorneys for the class-action personal injury and death lawsuits against the automaker, Wagoner will be deposed on September 2. The lawyer added he was also seeking to land questionings for his successors in the chief executive officer function – Fritz Henderson, Ed Whitacre and Dan Akerson.
General Motors has repeatedly defended itself against coverup accusations, claiming instead the issue was not reported earlier because of the internal culture of incompetence and neglect. The attorneys will also question GM’s former top lawyer and the author of an internal review that was ordered by GM to find out why the company needed more than a decade to recall cars for the ignition switch issue. “We’re in the discovery and deposition phase, so this is all part of the normal process (of litigation) that goes to trial in early January,” commented a GM spokesperson. Depositions will be taken from at least 55 people, current and former GM employees and executives – the depositions are sworn, out-of-court oral questioning and testimony of a witness, reduced to writing and then used in court for various purposes.