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Family of Ga. woman refiling lawsuit against GM

Attorneys for the parents of a Georgia woman killed in a car crash linked to General Motors' faulty ignition switches say they are refiling the case even though they had already settled with the automaker.

Attorneys Lance Cooper and Jere Beasley say that the admission by GM CEO Mary Barra that one of the engineers in the case may have lied under oath in her appearance before congressional committees are cause enough to refile the claims.

They represent Ken and Beth Melton, parents of Brooke Melton, 29, who died in 2011 when the keys on her 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt crash apparently shifted into the "accessory" position, causing her to skid off the road an crash on a rainy night. When the key shifts, it cuts the engine, anti-lock brakes, power steering and airbags. The Melton brought a case against GM, and the case was settled in September.

The Melton accident was one of 13 deaths linked to the ignition switches, which have sparked a massive recall by GM. The automaker says the affected cars are safe to drive under recall repairs can be done as long as a single key, and not a key ring, are in the ignition.

"The Meltons would not have settled their case if they had known of the perjury and concealment of critical evidence," says Lance Cooper, of the Cooper firm in Marietta, Ga., who represented the Meltons, in a statement. "It is now apparent that GM's plan was to resolve the Meltons' claims before disclosing the Cobalt ignition switch design changes."

The lawsuit comes after the attorney say GM rejected a request to rescind the original claim last month.



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