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Published on May 20, 2009 | by LawNews

Prof. Norman Silber Comments in New York Times Story ‘Chrysler Revamp Plan Could Block Lawsuits From Current Vehicle Owners’

Professor of Law Norman I. Silber was quoted in the following New York Times article.

Chrysler Revamp Plan Could Block Lawsuits From Current Vehicle Owners
By Christopher Jensen
May 20, 2009

EXCERPT
If General Motors files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and adopts the same strategy, a greater number of consumers could be affected. The Chrysler plan raises a question about why the new Chrysler, the successor to the old company, should be released from liability for product defects at the expense of consumers who may suffer future harm, said Norman I. Silber, a law professor at Hofstra University who specializes in consumer law.

“Not only is there a moral claim to be made on behalf of consumers, but there is probably also a legal claim that it is not right,” Mr. Silber said.

It is unclear whether the court can take away consumers’ rights to sue in the future, said Theodore Eisenberg, a professor of law and bankruptcy expert at Cornell University. “It is a due process question,” he said.

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