Where Were the Lawyers? The Ethical Implications of the General Motors Recall Scandal in the United States
A corporate culture of secrecy and lack of communication results in illegal activity, harms the public, and ultimately culminates in a deluge of investigations, lawsuits, and government !nes. For anyone familiar with the Enron scandal, these facts surrounding the most recent General Motors (‘GM’) recall will feel eerily recognisable. For General Motors, however, the actions underlying this corporate scandal are arguably worse than Enron’s !nancial misconduct. Like Enron, the company attempted to cover up misconduct to avoid liability. Unlike Enron, GM’s wrongful actions allegedly cost over sixty lives and hundreds of injuries.
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