Cameron Langford at Courthouse News writes GM Depicted Father as Suicidal Murderer to Cover Up Problem that Prompted Recall, Widow Says:
|An outraged widow claims in court that General Motors contrived a defense that her husband "was a murderer and intended to kill himself and his children" when his Chevy Malibu veered into a pole, and that GM concealed evidence that a "vehicle malfunction" caused the wreck.
Doris Phillips (f.k.a. Doris Powledge) sued General Motors for herself and the estates of her husband and their four late children, in Galveston County Court.
"On October 18, 2005 a father and his four children were killed in a fiery one-car accident," the complaint begins. "That morning Adam Powledge was taking his children to school. As they drove along I-45 in Houston, Adam lost control of his vehicle, a 2004 Chevy Malibu, and drove onto a grassy median.
"Unable to control the vehicle, the Malibu drove in an almost perfectly straight line until it was cut into two parts, down the middle, by a metal pole located at the center of the median. The car erupted in fire with Adam and the little children inside."
All five occupants died in the wreck.
Phillips sued GM in 2007, "alleging that an electrical malfunction caused a loss of control of the vehicle."
But GM called her theory "implausible" as no recall had been issued on the 2004 Chevy Malibu, Phillips says in the new lawsuit.
The new complaint states: "A cornerstone of GM's legal defense to the 2007 lawsuit was a particularly nefarious accusation—that Adam Powledge was not the victim of a GM defect, but was a murderer and intended to kill himself and his children. This defense was used throughout the litigation as a means of undermining Dori's case."
Doris Phillips is referred to as "Dori" in the complaint.
She claims GM dragged out the litigation through its 2009 bankruptcy, then with its assets stripped, forced her and other litigants to "accept penny-on-the-dollar settlements."
Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2013—Finally! A solution for seniors who've lost their Meals on Wheels because of sequester:
|There has been a lot of bellyaching—that would be as opposed to bellies aching—about the sequester forcing cutbacks to Meals on Wheels. But those seniors who have lost their only guaranteed meal of the day can quit whining. It's not that Republicans don't care about hungry seniors, they just don't know about them. So says Missouri Republican Rep. Billy Long:
On today's Kagro in the Morning show: Happy May! Greg Dworkin ponders the future (and possible end of) ESI, hammering out the ACA's kinks, understanding jobs report day, and the weird dissonance going on in voters' heads. MILCOSPLAY continues in BundyLand. David Frum ponders why gun rights activists win while other conservatives lose. Jamelle Bouie on the demolition of the WI voter ID law. A PA widow may lose her home over a $6 balance. (Where's her militia?) Louisiana might outlaw begging for money? So much for SuperPACs & tech startups! Just kidding. We mean poor people! Besides, when political money groups break the rules, nothing happens.