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When Greed Kills: How Corruption Created the GM Ignition Switch Scandal

Corporate scandals involving criminal activity and negligence have gotten out of control. A U.S. Senator and former Harvard law professor recently used her office to bring attention to the fact that too many companies are getting away with ‘bad behavior’. Corporate corruption and the negative consequences it can have on innocent victims has become so widespread that it deserves a regular series of blogs. Among the corporate scandals listed by the U.S. Senator is the General Motors (GM) ignition switch catastrophe, which has killed more than 100 people and injured almost 300. GM has been accused of covering up the scandal by failing to report its defective ignition switch to regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). GM Knew About the Defective Ignition Switch GM agreed to pay $900 million after a Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation revealed the automaker concealed the defective ignition switch from NHTSA. Federal…
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