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GM Drivers Win Class Status in Suits Over Bucking Transmission

Bloomberg Law

March 21, 2023

  • Common Issues Dominate; Classwide Damages Method Shown
  • Affected models include Camaro, Escalade, Silverado, Yukon

General Motors LLC must faces class actions by drivers in 26 states who allege flawed transmissions made their vehicles “slip, buck, kick, jerk and harshly engage.”

At issue are certain 2015-2019 GM cars and trucks equipped with Hydra-Matic 8L90 and 8L45 transmissions. Five separate suits were combined before Judge David M. Lawson of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, who granted certification on Monday for statewide classes including Florida, New York, and Texas.

Affected vehicles include Chevrolet Silverado, Colorado, Corvette, and Camaro models; Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV ATS, ATS-V, CTS, CT6, and CTS-V models; and GMC Sierra, Yukon, Yukon XL, Yukon Denali XL, and Canyon models.

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Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC was appointed lead class counsel. Bush Seyferth PLLC and Kirkland & Ellis LLP represent GM.

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