A Texas woman whose husband died in a 2005 auto wreck alleges that General Motors painted her husband in a negative light in order to conceal the fact that a defective product caused the crash. The woman is suing GM on behalf of herself and the estates of her five family members who were killed in that car accident. The man reportedly lost control of his vehicle, smashing into a pole on a Houston road. He was killed, as were the couple’s four children.

The woman contends that GM created a contrived defense based on the idea that her husband intentionally killed himself and their children. In fact, the defense used by the automaker in civil court actually asserted that the man was a murderer who purposely drove into a pole in order to kill himself and fatally injure his children. That defense strategy was used to attack the woman’s case in civil court. The woman also alleges that the automaker stalled her civil suit until the end of its 2009 bankruptcy, when it forced her and other complainants to accept meager settlements.

The woman, however, had alleged that an electrical problem had caused her late husband to lose control of the vehicle. The victim apparently lost control of the car and smashed into a metal pole at the center of a median along Interstate 45 in Houston. The vehicle was nearly sliced in half, and all of the occupants perished. The family’s 2004 Chevy Malibu has recently been listed in a massive vehicle recall that affected more than 1 million cars nationwide.

Not only did GM attempt to prevent this woman from getting the money she deserves; the automaker also attempted to discredit her husband in a nauseating fashion. Big companies should not be allowed to get away with such irresponsible legal action. Instead, they should be held accountable for their actions through the civil courts. The woman in this case is seeking financial compensation in the amount of $300 million.

Source: Courthouse News Service, “GM’s Claims Outrage Widowed Grieving Mom” Cameron Langford, May. 01, 2014