TEXAS JUDGE APPOINTS BOB HILLIARD AND MARK LANIER TO LEAD GM SUIT CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (October 25, 2014) â€“ A Texas judge has determined who will lead all Texas consolidated state court cases involving the General Motors Ignition Switch Litigation.
Judge Robert Schaffer of the 152nd District Court for Harris Country, Texas, created a powerhouse legal team by his appointment of Bob Hilliard and Mark Lanier as the Co-Lead Plaintiffsâ€™ Counsel to lead the Texas GM litigation. Rounding out an exceptionally strong team of nationally known attorneys is Richard Mithoff, Jeff Wiggington and Scott West.
Bob Hilliard is also currently leading the National Litigation against GM, having been appointed as co-lead counsel by Judge Jesse Furman out of the Southern District of New York.
Mark Lanier, recently obtained a record-breaking $9 billion verdict against Takeda Pharmaceuticals for hiding the cancer risk associated with the diabetes drug, Actos.
The Texas GM product liability cases — which the Texas Supreme Court consolidated for all pretrial proceedings before Judge Schaffer in the Harris County district court — involve all Texas cases filed in judicial districts throughout the state and are separate from federal multidistrict litigation pending before Judge Jesse Furman in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.