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WASHINGTON General Motors Co. late Monday asked a federal bankruptcy judge to throw out more than four dozen court claims against it that are linked to a potentially deadly defect found in 2.6 million Chevrolet Cobalts, Saturn Ions and similar small-model cars.

As first reported in the Detroit Free Press last week, GM asked Bankruptcy Judge Robert Gerber in New York to order people filing claims against the company arising from the ignition switch recall to “cease and desist from further prosecuting,” maintaining GM is protected from any claims related to anything the company did before July 2009.

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