FILE - This April 21, 2009, file photo shows General Motors world headquarters in Detroit. A federal bankruptcy judge ruled Wednesday, April 15, 2015, that General Motors is shielded from death and injury claims potentially totaling billions of dollars tied to defective ignition switches in certain GM small cars. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

DETROIT – General Motors (GM) says it has halted operations in Venezuela after authorities seized a factory.
The plant was confiscated on Wednesday in what GM called an illegal judicial seizure of its assets.
The Detroit automaker says in a statement Thursday that other assets such as vehicles were taken from the plant, causing irreparable damage.
GM says the plant was taken in disregard of its right to due process. The company says it will defend itself legally, and it’s confident that justice eventually will prevail.
GM has about 2,700 workers in the troubled country, where it’s been the market leader for over 35 years. It also has 79 dealers that employ 3,900 people, and its parts suppliers make up more than half of Venezuela’s auto parts market, the company said.
Venezuela has been rocked in recent days by violent protests of government policies as well as food shortages and triple-digit inflation.
If the government permits …
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