In April, Judge Robert Gerber upheld the distinction between the so-called "New GM" and pre-bankruptcy "Old GM" in these ignition switch-related lawsuits, according to The Detroit News. Under his decision, the current automaker would only hear cases involving vehicles made after the company's 2009 reorganization – potentially wiping away billions in damages. Some of these claims are for lost resale value following the recall.
Understanding the gravity of the decision, Gerber has now placed a hold on the cases and cleared the way for the plaintiffs to take their argument directly to the appeals court to challenge his judgment. "This is a matter of considerable public importance," he said in his ruling, according to The Detroit News. The judge's verdict has been a major question about the legal effects of GM's ignition switch cases since last year.