Family files new lawsuit against General Motors after settlement - CBS46 News

Family files new lawsuit against General Motors after settlement reached

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COBB COUNTY (CBS46) -

Ken and Beth Melton did something that's almost unheard of.

After reaching a settlement with General Motors over the death of their daughter Brooke Melton, the couple returned the check.

They were at their attorney, Lance Cooper's, law firm on Monday and announced they re-filed their lawsuit against GM.

"The Meltons settled their case with GM believing that GM knew nothing about the ignition switch design change. The Meltons took GM and their lawyers at their word. They now know they were lied to," said Cooper.

Brooke Melton was 29 when she crashed her 2005 Chevy Cobalt in Paulding County in March 2010.

The ignition on Brooke's car caused it to shut off, she lost control and hit another vehicle.

"After the Senate hearing, it was amazing how much information came out. I feel like I had been lied to, straight forward looked me straight in the eyes and lied to me," said Ken Melton.

In April, the Meltons sent GM a letter asking them to rescind the settlement. GM's attorney responded with this statement:

"As an initial matter, General Motors LLC ("GM") denies the assertion that GM fraudulently concealed relevant critical facts in connection with the Melton matter. And GM denies it engaged in any improper behavior in that action.

"GM's response validates Ken and Beth's decision to re-file this lawsuit," said Cooper. "If the Meltons had known that GM's lead design engineer for the ignition switch had repeatedly perjured himself, and that GM was covering up this perjury they never would have settled their case."

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