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Talks to Settle GM Ignition Suits Begin

The mediator hired by General Motors to settle claims from a deadly ignition switch problem has started talks about compensating victims’ families.

General Motors logo on display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Kenneth Feinberg confirms in an interview with The Associated Press that he met Friday with Corpus Christi, Texas, lawyer Robert Hilliard. Hilliard says he represents families of 53 people who died in crashes of defective GM vehicles, and another 273 who were injured.

Feinberg says he is evaluating GM’s options regarding compensation. He says he listened to Hilliard explain the “quality and quantity” of his cases. But Feinberg would not comment on what else was discussed.

Hilliard said no dollar figures were mentioned. He believes Feinberg wants to reach fair settlements. But Hilliard said he wants his clients to be fully compensated and won’t settle at a discount.

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