Supreme Court Hears GM Lawsuit Appeal

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JEFFERSON CITY - An $80 million judgement against General Motors makes its way to the Missouri Supreme Court. The high court heard arguments Wednesday in the case of a suburban Kansas City woman who was critically injured in a September 2000 accident in her own driveway. In December 2001, a Jackson County jury ordered GM to pay $80 million dollars to Constance Peters and her husband, Randall. The Peters argued the accident was caused by a defective cruise control. A state appeals court overturned that verdict in January and ordered a new trial. It said the trial judge allowed improper evidence that prejudiced the jury against GM. Constance Peters died in March 2004. But that does not effect whether the case can go forward.

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