GM ignition switch trial dismissed

Posted at 1:49 PM, Jan 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-22 14:49:59-05

NEW YORK (AP) -- The first trial aimed at aiding settlement of hundreds of lawsuit stemming from General Motors' faulty ignition switches has been dismissed because of questions about the plaintiff's story.

The claims of an Oklahoma man whose air bags didn't inflate when his car crashed in 2014 unraveled during the Manhattan federal court trial.

At the request of lawyers on both sides, a judge dismissed the case Friday.

U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman had asked the parties to discuss dropping the case a day earlier after he concluded there was merit to GM's claims that a document was doctored and injuries were exaggerated.

GM says it is pleased the case is ending without any payment to the plaintiffs. A lawyer for plaintiff Robert Scheuer said he is disappointed but that other litigation against the automaker will continue.

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