GM hires Lehman Brothers investigator to probe ignition switch response

(MCT) — General Motors has hired the lawyer who investigated the collapse of financial giant Lehman Brothers to examine its response to an ignition switch defect now linked to 13 deaths and 31 crashes in small cars from the 2003 through 2007 model years.

GM on Monday confirmed that it has hired Tony Valukas, chairman of the law firm Jenner & Block, to investigate the company’s response to a defect that is now at center of a recall involving 1.6 million small cars GM no longer makes.

Valukas delivered a voluminous report on the downfall of Lehman Brothers, whose Chapter 11 bankruptcy helped accelerate the global financial crisis.

GM said that its own general counsel, Michael Millikin, would “jointly” lead the investigation with “a team of inside and outside attorneys” involved.

The automaker said attorneys from the law firm King & Spalding are also joining the investigation.

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