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Posted: Apr 22, 2014 2:25 PM

Updated: Apr 22, 2014 2:25 PM

NEW YORK (AP) General Motors has filed suit in a federal bankruptcy court seeking protection from legal claims for actions that took place before it emerged from bankruptcy in 2009.

The suit was filed Monday evening in a Manhattan bankruptcy court. It asserts the "numerous lawsuits" recently filed dealing with GM's recall of cars with possible ignition switch problems are "retained liabilities" of the old GM, not the new company.

It says the recall involves vehicles "manufactured and sold by Old GM" and asks Judge Robert Gerber to protect the "new GM" from claims.

Corpus Christi, Texas lawyer Robert Hilliard has several wrongful death lawsuits pending against GM. He says the motion is an implied threat to those who have filed such lawsuits against GM: Settle or risk getting nothing.

Topics: GM-Lawsuits

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