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Judge Rejects General Motors Motion to Dismiss CP4 Fuel Pump Litigation

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, July 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- In a ruling issued earlier today, the Honorable Judge Jon S. Tigar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California overwhelmingly rejected General Motors' bid to have Plaintiffs' claims dismissed in their case against the car manufacturer for a defective fuel pump.

As the defective pump, known as a CP4, fails it scatters metal shavings throughout the fuel system, which requires replacing not only the pump but also the fuel injection lines, injectors and rails at the cost of over $10,000.00 to the car owner.

Attorney Bob Hilliard, who initiated the national litigation and has filed class actions against General Motors, Ford and Chrysler in California, Texas and Florida for the defective CP4 pump, states, “The CP4 doesn’t work in the United States. Period. From the very first time as a brand new vehicle when the customer turns the key and starts the engine, the failure of the CP4 begins. Over time, it will slowly and surely burn up, starving the fuel system of lubricant. To intentionally sell a $40,000.00 vehicle knowing it will not only burn itself up from the inside out, tiny metal sliver by tiny metal sliver, and putting the $5,000.00-$10,000.00 cost of repair on the customer is just a new level of outrageous, even for this car company.”

Litigation Ignorance Defense

Hilliard notes, Judge Tiger concluded that “The alleged defect is central to the vehicle’s function.” Says Hilliard, “General Motors has long ago perfected its ‘litigation ignorance’ defense in decades of poor conduct. In this case, GM builds cars that can’t function without a fuel pump. The company intentionally installs a defective fuel pump knowing those pumps will fail, and takes the full purchase price from its own customers. It then gets sued. GM then comes into court, scratching its head, and mumbling, “What? Our fuel pump doesn’t work? Why, that’s just shocking!”

Bob Hilliard of Hilliard Law, Steve Berman of Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, John Morgan of Morgan & Morgan and Eric Gibbs of the Gibbs Law Group represent the plaintiffs.

The case is: In re: General Motors LLC CP4 Fuel Pump Litigation, case number 3:18-cv-07054, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.


Hilliard Law has been successfully representing clients in the United States and Mexico since 1985. The firm specializes in personal injury, mass torts, product liability, commercial and business litigation, and wrongful death. The firm has represented victims of child injuries and daycare deaths in Texas. For over two decades, the firm has been appointed by Judges in Texas and around the country to lead class actions, including the single largest litigation in US history, GM’s ignition switch defect litigation. Bob Hilliard has tried over 100 jury trials and obtained the Largest Verdict in the country in 2012 and the #1 verdict in Texas.


SOURCE: Hilliard Law

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