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General Motors Sued in Texas Over Ignition-Switch Defects

General Motors Co. was sued on behalf of vehicle owners over an ignition flaw in some small-model cars as it faces regulators’ questions about this year’s recall of 1.6 million vehicles.

Bob Hilliard, one of the lawyers who filed the complaint yesterday in federal court in Corpus Christi, Texas, said he seeks to recover $6 billion to $10 billion for the lost value of cars affected by the recall. The suit is based on claims GM concealed the defects and the “diminution in value” of the owners’ vehicles, and not deaths resulting from crashes when the engines stopped because keys came loose.