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Arizona Accuses GM of $3 Billion Ignition-Switch Fraud

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Arizona became the first state to join consumers already suing General Motors Co. over faulty ignition switches, claiming the company misled motorists about the safety of its cars and defrauded them of $3 billion.

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne wants civil penalties of $10,000 for each of the hundreds of thousands of GM vehicles sold in the state in violation of consumer-fraud law. At least nine state attorneys general have combined to probe GM’s conduct, though they haven’t sued yet.