General Motors says its top attorney has survived today’s wave of firings, but outside investigator Anton Valukas is calling for a sweeping overhaul of GM’s legal department based on its handling of the ignition switch crisis.

Valukas’ report, released today, suggests a chronic lack of communication between GM’s attorneys and safety engineers -- and within the department itself.

Outside counsel warned GM’s legal department multiple times through the years “that GM could be accused of egregious conduct,” the report says. And yet, it concludes, General Counsel Michael Millikin didn’t learn of the defect until the end of 2013, even after his department settled lawsuits involving the defective part.

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Clueless? GM General Counsel Knew Nothing Of Defects Or That Lawsuits Were Being Settled

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