Montreal, Quebec – A class action against General Motors for corrosion and paint chipping on minivans received the green light to go to trial when the Supreme Court of Canada rejected GM’s request for permission to appeal.

The decision was handed down on June 11, 2009.

The class action was undertaken by the Automobile Protection Association (APA) on behalf of owners of 1997-2004 Chevrolet Venture, Oldsmobile Silhouette, and Pontiac TranSport and Montana minivans that have experienced corrosion and/or paint chipping problems.

The APA filed the action in 2004, seeking damages for repairs to the defective minivans. Authorization for the class action to proceed was granted by the Quebec Court of Appeal in September 2008. General Motors subsequently appealed to the Supreme Court, seeking to reverse the decision of the Court of Appeal.

Persuant to the Supreme Court of Canada’s response, the case has been returned to the Superior Court of Quebec for a trial.

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