Citing an internal GM report, Neitz wrote that outside counsel warned GM lawyers that a compelling case could be made for knowledge of the defect as early as 2005, “but no GM lawyer apprised the general counsel.”“Any corporate counsel with knowledge of a violation of law that would harm the lawyers’ organization must report up the ladder under Michigan Rule 1.13,” Neitz states. And if the general counsel, the CEO and the board of directors all did nothing, then the rule “would have permitted GM’s lawyers to report the defect outside of the company.”

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