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September 22, 2015

Hidden Messages Sent by DoJ in GM Ignition-Switch Settlement?

The “key message” delivered by the U.S. Justice Department in its ignition defect settlement with General Motors “is not in the actual penalty or even the filing of criminal charges,” but in how the DoJ “wants other companies under investigation to view the significant benefits” of cooperation with the agency, writes the Wall Street Journal’s Peter J. Henning.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara described G.M.’s cooperation as “fairly extraordinary” once it disclosed the defect in February 2014.

“Another message in the settlement,” writes Henning, “is that, once again, no individuals involved in the corporate decisions have been charged with wrongdoing.”

So, “as much as the Justice Department says it will pursue individuals in future investigations, the reality of the corporate structure” will make that difficult.

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