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GM taken to task over settlements, ignition switches during Senate hearing

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Lawmakers have two demands for General Motors: more compensation for its potential victims and fire its chief lawyer.

"How in the world, in the aftermath of this report, did Michael Millikin keep his job?" demanded Subcommittee Chairwoman Sen. Claire McCaskill.

During Thursday's Senate hearing, lawmakers grilled the automaker.

A report found that GM's legal staff acted too slowly to share details of settlements it was making. Also, GM didn't tell engineers or top executives about mounting problems with the ignition switches.

Michael Millikin, GM's General Counsel, says he acted as soon as he found out about it. "We had lawyers at General Motors who did not do their jobs, didn't do what was expected of them and those lawyers are no long with GM," he said.

GM says faulty ignition switches were responsible for at least 13 deaths.

It took the company 11 years to recall the cars.

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