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The justices, without comment, left intact a federal appeals court ruling that said the accord, which turned “Old GM” into “New GM,” didn’t block lawsuits over accidents that happened before the sale or claims that the flaw caused vehicles to lose value. (Photo: Thinkstock)

(Bloomberg) – The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for potentially billions of dollars in legal claims against General Motors Co. over a deadly ignition-switch defect, turning away the company’s appeal in a clash connected to its 2009 bankruptcy sale.

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