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GM Customers Pick Lawyers for Ignition-Switch Bankruptcy Hearing

General Motors Co. customers, who filed about 50 lawsuits demanding compensation for ignition-switch problems, picked three lawyers to speak for them in bankruptcy court when a judge considers the automaker’s request to pare their claims.

At a meeting in New York yesterday convened by Edward Weisfelner of Brown Rudnick LLP, about a hundred law firms for GM car owners delegated their host and two others to put their views to U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Gerber in Manhattan at a May 2 conference.

Sander Esserman of Stutzman, Bromberg, Esserman & Plifka in Dallas and Elihu Inselbuch of Caplin & Drysdale in New York were the other two lawyers selected, Weisfelner said today in a phone interview.

GM wants Gerber to reaffirm rulings made during its 2009 bankruptcy, saying customer demands for money aren’t allowed by those orders. The customers say the Detroit-based carmaker didn’t tell the judge about its ignition-switch problems, so he needn’t renew his rulings.

Gerber, who has warned that he won’t tolerate “repetitive comments,” set the May 2 conference to devise a timetable for arguments to be filed in court and future hearings.

The bankruptcy is In re Motors Liquidation Co., 09-bk-50026, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

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