Lawyers: GM seeks bankruptcy shield from lawsuit

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Lawyers for a Georgia family that is trying to reopen a wrongful death lawsuit against General Motors say the company is trying to move the case to federal court so it can use bankruptcy as a shield from the claim.

The lawyers say GM's move runs counter to a promise made by GM CEO Mary Barra to fairly compensate families of people killed or those injured in crashes caused by defective ignition switches.

GM spokesman Greg Martin called the company's filings procedural.

GM has hired attorney Kenneth Feinberg to come up with a method of compensating victims.

The family of Brooke Melton sued GM in Georgia after she was killed when her 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt crashed. They settled but are trying to reopen the case, alleging that GM concealed evidence.