G.M. Victim Compensation on Track for Compensation…and Liability Reduction

Last spring, when General Motors offered to compensate victims of accidents caused by a defective ignition switch in more than two million cars, the company said it was trying to live up to its “civic duty.” But, reports the New York Times, the move was also an effort to keep victims and their families out of the courts and avoid long, expensive and image-damaging litigation. It was a gamble, but as the deadline for filing claims passed this weekend, it appears the effort is succeeding so far.