US Judge Abandons GM Lawsuit Against Fiat Chrysler

A judge in Michigan has dismissed a lawsuit that General Motors Co filed against Stellantis’ Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) in which it accused its rival company of fraud and unfair competition.

GM sued FCA back in 2019, claiming that the company bribed United Auto Workers (UAW) union officials over several years to corrupt the bargaining process and gain advantages. GM says this cost it billions of dollars. Its lawsuit had sought damages in an amount to be determined at trial.

On Friday, Wayne County Circuit Judge David Allen dismissed GM’s suit, which also named two former FCA execs who have previously pleaded guilty to bribing UAW officials

The Michigan judge said that GM “failed to adequately demonstrate that FCA caused it any actual, legally recognisable harm through its bribery scheme.”

The judge also noted that GM’s claims against FCA spanned more than ten years, dating back to 2009. He said that “even the most enthralling drama must eventually reach a conclusion. This one is no exception.”

On Sunday, a spokesperson for Stellantis said, “As we have said from the date the original lawsuit was filed, it is meritless. The courts once again agreed and dismissed GM’s complaint.”

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for GM said, “We respectfully disagree with the ruling and are considering our legal options.”

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