General Motors has fired its first shot in a new legal battle with the Cobb County parents whose daughter died from crashing in a car with an ignition switch defect. The carmaker’s opening salvo is a procedural maneuver to relocate the case to federal court, where it could ultimately fall under the shield of bankruptcy.

“It’s not only wrong, it’s frivolous,” said Lance Cooper, the Marietta solo who represents Kenneth and Mary Melton, whose daughter Brooke died in 2010 after her Chevrolet Cobalt lost power and crashed. Cooper noted that GM’s registered agent for legal actions is in Cobb County. He plans to ask the federal court to move the case back to Cobb County State Court.

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