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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, April 17, 2014
This Easter, the magic returns to Queens Hall as the Crazy Catholic and
D C Shell Theatre take you, your family and friends back to Fairy Land!!
From the producers of Rapunzel, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty,
Snow White, Rumpelstilskin, Red Riding Hood, Bollywood and Phantom of the NAPA
comes a brand new play based on the story by the Brothers Grimm.
Another memorable show for the entire family,
written and directed by the Crazy Catholic.
You are invited to fairyland - Magic,
Romance, Comedy and Non-Stop Fun
Please add us!
D C SHELL THEATRE
and CRAZY CATHOLIC
Don't dream... come!
GOOD FRIDAY 18th April - 7.30 p.m.
GLORIA SATURDAY 19th April - 4.30 p.m.
EASTER SUNDAY 20 April - 6.30 pm
EASTER MONDAY 21 April - 5.30 pm
HOLY THURSDAY 17th April - 8.30 p.m.
OPENING DAY: 2 persons on 1 ticket ($150)
BUY 1 TICKET: Get 1 ticket free ($185)
Produced by D C Shell Theatre
Pioneers in Family
Fairy Tales, Bollywood
& Clean Comedy.
Queens Hall Box Office opens from
14 April at 11am daily 624-1284, 621-5104
732-5796, 683-6496, 796-4272, 750-0104
SPEAKING TO THE MEDIA
Director general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Roberto Azevedo of Brazil, speaks to the media
about the results of the WTO in 2013 and its prospects for 2014 during a press conference at the WTO
headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday. AP PHOTO
General Motors Company (GM) s
move to freeze ignition-defect lawsuits
in California and Texas has solid legal
precedent behind it and could help
slash customer demands for compen-
sation by billions of dollars.
GM asked federal judges in both
states last week to delay litigation over
the defect in several of its models until
a US bankruptcy judge in New York
rules whether some accident victims
claims can be brought without violating
a sale order in its 2009 reorganisation.
The aggressive legal strategy runs
the risk of further damaging GM s
image with lawmakers and the public.
Offsetting that impact is GM s cus-
tomer-focused hiring of lawyer Kenneth
Feinberg to advise on how to compen-
sate people who had accidents in
recalled Cobalts, Saturns and other GM
models. Feinberg ran funds for victims
of the September 11 terror attacks and
the BP Plc oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
"They re running on parallel tracks
but the trains are going to different
stations," said Chip Bowles, a bank-
ruptcy lawyer at Bingham Greenebaum
Doll LLP, who called the freeze maneu-
ver "clever." A win in bankruptcy court
would allow GM to declare it s not
responsible for defect liabilities, Bowles
Then the automaker can invoke a
Feinberg-recommended fund to say:
"As a matter of law we don t have to
pay anybody a nickel, but we recognise
our responsibility to people who were
harmed by our product, so we are going
to help them." US Bankruptcy Judge
Robert Gerber s 2009 order let the cur-
rent GM reject its predecessor s liabil-
ities, including claims for damages
based on design defects, the automaker
said in filings in San Francisco and Cor-
pus Christi, Texas.
In the California case, filed by Gal-
dina Maciel, the plaintiffs don t
acknowledge the limits of the bank-
ruptcy court ruling, GM said in an April
11 filing. The automaker said it will
soon ask Gerber to enforce his July
2009 injunction, which bars anyone
from suing GM for claims it rejected
in bankruptcy. If the judge agrees, it
might force plaintiffs lawyers to rewrite
their complaints. It also may stop plans
by one of them, Bob Hilliard of Texas,
to challenge new GM s immunity from
old GM s liabilities, including pre-reor-
ganisation crashes. Gerber s original
ruling on liability is "quite clear," said
Stephen Lubben, a bankruptcy profes-
sor at Seton Hall University School of
Law in Newark, New Jersey. "Having
the court reaffirm its order could head
off attempts to litigate the issue before
some other court, which might not be
as well-versed in bankruptcy and the
broad reach of the bankruptcy code."
US$1.3bn so far
"GM s recent actions in litigation
demonstrate clearly its intent to use
the bankruptcy process to prevent many
victims and their families from obtain-
ing relief for the harms they have suf-
fered," Blumenthal, a Democrat from
Connecticut, said today in a statement.
GM move to freeze lawsuits may
cut customer payouts by billions
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