UPDATE 2-GM is shielded from some ignition-switch suits, ruling finds

April 15, 2015 10:16 PM

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NEW YORK, April 15 (Reuters) - General Motors Co will not have to face dozens of lawsuits accusing it of concealing an ignition-switch defect that led to the recall of 2.6 million vehicles, a U.S. bankruptcy judge ruled on Wednesday.

GM had argued it was protected from claims on vehicles pre-dating its 2009 exit from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, while plaintiffs in the lawsuits said the company violated their constitutional rights by failing to disclose the defect.

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