Marietta lawyer Lance Cooper won an important round in his battle with General Motors Friday as a federal judge remanded to Cobb County State Court the case that has formed the foundation of the recall of millions of cars over an ignition switch defect.

U. S. District Court Judge Thomas Thrash Jr. of the Northern District of Georgia issued a ruling Friday returning to Cobb the case filed by Kenneth and Mary Melton over the 2010 death of their daughter, Brooke. Cooper’s investigation for their lawsuit discovered that Brooke’s 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt had a faulty ignition switch that caused to car to suddenly shut down without warning, which led to her crash.

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