September 2011 Archives

GM and UAW Ratify Deal - Spring Hill Assembly Plant to Reopen

The United Auto Workers has announced that it has ratified its contract with General Motors. You can read about the deal announced today here. As part of this package, the GM assembly plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee will re-open and hopefully our friends in the auto industry and all of the subsidiaries that supply GM with parts will get back to work very soon. It is reported that 1,700 jobs will be created at the plaint in Maury County. Thumbnail image for GM,_logo.png

Read the UAW's statement here.

My firm has represented GM and Saturn employees injured on the job since the plant opened in the early 1990's. GM workers' compensation claims are not your typical claim. They are much more complicated. Therefore, as our GM clients and friends get back to work, let me know if you are injured and need Tennessee workers' compensation attorney to protect your wages and your health care.

As seen by the recent ratification, health care is always going to be negotiable for GM. Most workers' compensation cases include lifetime medical care for the work injury at no cost to the worker. However, the settlement must be set up in a way that maximizes this right to cover the unpredictable future.

Our Nashville injury lawyers and team are here for you if you need us. For now, let's get back to work.

General Motors and Saturn Corporation Considered the Same Employer for Workers' Compensation

I am proud to report to our General Motors' workers compensation clients that the Maury County Circuit Court recently made a landmark ruling in one of my cases. Many autoworkers know that General Motors filed bankruptcy in 2009 and sold its company in a bankruptcy sale to a new company to create "New GM." Jonathan white background.JPG

That sale opened rights for many injured workers to have their previous Tennessee workers' compensation settlement re-opened and increased. However, for employees of the Spring Hill plant that were injured before January 1, 2005, GM took the position that those workers lost their jobs at the time of the transition from Saturn to GM and were therefore not eligible for money out of their previous workers' compensation case as a result of the bankruptcy.

I traveled to Detroit for corporate depositions of several key GM executives to prove one point: that GM controlled Saturn to such an extent that they had to be considered "one and the same." The case was recently tried in Maury County. The trial judge agreed and ordered that GM had such dominion and control over Saturn ever since its existence that they were to be considered the same employer for workers' compensation purposes despite the 2005 transition to GM. That decision will be challenged in the Court of Appeals but for now confirms GM and Saturn never were completely separate entities. Therefore, many GM employees injured prior to 2005 may have additional rights and may be entitled to more money.

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