(Bloomberg) -- General Motors Co. can’t be sued over mattersthat came before its 2009 bankruptcy, but may face claims overlater actions tied to cars made before the automaker’s governmentbailout, a judge ruled.

The question of GM’s so-called bankruptcy shield arose as partof the recall of millions of cars with defective ignition switches.The carmaker had argued that the 2009 bailout created a new companyfree of successor liability for the acts of “Old GM.”

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