FCA Accuses General Motors Of Corporate Espionage22
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has accused General Motors of corporate espionage as the two companies’ ongoing legal spat continued in Michigan court this week.
GM’s lawsuit against FCA, which alleged that it was directly impacted by FCA’s bribery scheme with the UAW, was thrown out by Judge David Allen last month. GM subsequently requested the lawsuit be reinstated in Wayne County Circuit Court – a move that FCA is trying to block by turning the tables on GM.
According to The Detroit News, FCA is now saying that GM’s complaint against it proves the company impersonated former FCA employees in emails in order to try and prove that it was using offshore bank accounts to stash its UAW bribery money.
“The only corporate espionage apparent on the face of GM’s Proposed Second Amended Complaint is that perpetrated by GM and its counsel in retaining private investigators to spoof the ’email addresses’ of former FCA employees in emails sent to ‘financial institutions’ around the globe,” FCA’s lawyer, Thomas Cranmer, said in a written response to GM’s reinstatement request.
“However GM seeks to dress it up, such spoofing of email addresses violates Michigan’s Rules of Professional Conduct,” Crammer also said.
A GM spokesperson told The Detroit News that FCA’s response misrepresents “the lawful and proper actions undertaken in an effort to seek redress for the damage caused to it by Defendants’ years-long bribery scheme.”
GM filed its initial lawsuit against FCA in 2019, which accused the automaker of conspiring with the UAW in order to receive preferential treatment during labor negotiations with the union. The automaker said this cost it billions of dollars, as the UAW did not offer GM the same concessions during the negotiations that it offered one of its direct rivals. Judge Allen dismissed the suit in October after finding that GM “failed to adequately demonstrate that FCA caused it any actual, legally recognizable harm through its bribery scheme.”
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… does it still exist FCA ? is it not Stellantis since a while ?
The US company is still legally “FCA US LLC” and is still advertised as such (check the bottom of their brand webpages). FCA was the legally surviving entity over PSA, and while they changed their name in Europe, it takes time (and money) to change everywhere.
In Europe, too, there are still quite a number of companies called “FCA” and “PSA”.
While French company Peugeot S.A. vanished by merging into FCA N.V. , and the latter was renamed to Stellantis N.V. immediately after the merger, the subsidiaries of those in various countries remain the same. So e.g. FCA Italy s.p.a., also here in Germany “FCA GERMANY AG” and “Groupe PSA Deutschland GmbH”, which already do have a common, integraded executive board, but still need to merge into a Stellantis Deutschland GmbH, or so. Same for all other countries, also USA.
Also the public face of FCA USA LLC runs already under the name “StellantisNorthAmerica”.
Cry more gm
Man GM is a train wreck right now. Maybe it’s time for the company to get a GM that knows how to run a corporation? Hiring someone to “look stylish” doesn’t work. I guarantee if Mary was a male, she would never have been picked for GM.
The sad truth about today’s corporate world. They are more racist and sexist by doing this. Brains dont matter anymore, if you are a woman and black you are guaranteed a job as CEO. She isn’t dumb, its just there there is someone out there who would have done a better job and led gm much better.
The old traditional defense of accusing the other side of what you are have been doing. This is how DC works.
Chrysler is trying deflect their UAW bribery schemes away.
Poor gm all because of Chrysler they couldn’t screw there employees over how terrible.
Slavery is illegal in the U.S. If the employees don’t like the employment conditions at GM they are free to find work elsewhere.
It’s not about slavery. The fact that is your deflection tells me what I need to know about you. Pay your employees stop being cheap oh wait that’s right I’m sorry I need to apologize it’s all about the returns for the investors. You sir are one of the few people I have ever seen shill for big corporate. Congratulations 🎊 🥇
GM is a Union shop. Every 4 years they negotiate a new contract and the union rank and file vote on it.
If they thought they were getting screwed, they wouldn’t have approved the current contract.
But the employees already did that. They went on strike for 50 something days right? Truth is gm doesn’t want the employees to go somewhere else people on this website might so they can complain some more about how they placed an order for a vehicle months ago and still haven’t gotten it.
This is laughable. Poor ole butt hurt Chrysler.
Let’s go Brandon ! FCA taking a page right out of Brandon’s book.
Suggest you or your editor revise / update GM Authorities stock photos of the GM and FCA corporate headquarters. Both photos have cold, dark, overcast skies and are gloomy. Also the riverfront walkway in your GM headquarters picture is dark, gloomy, cold and vacant, with no souls enjoying the walkway. Suggust pictures taken on sunny days at dawn or dusk with kids, adults and a couple of boats staged on the Detroit River to give this GM headquarters picture some vibrancy and life.
Both pictures depict struggling / failing entities. Chrysler as we know was near death two times, and GM near death one time. Without the Feds backed loans both would now be toast.
Do you concur with my suggestion for brighter, happier corporate headquarter photos?
David Alan Murray, do your homework and you’ll see 6 auto companies took government bailouts, not just GM and Chrysler. Ford took it too. Tesla was another. Out of all 6 companies, Ford is the only one still repaying the loan.
Not true at all. Please put correct information if you are going to make statements like that.
Connor, Please reread your business history on the Feds support of the American auto industry. Ford and Tesla did burn through their free cash during the mortgage derivative crisis starting in 2008. But they had cash reserves and private lender backup to support their cash needs. Ford even mortgaged their iconic blue oval trademark but never went to Uncle Sam. Elon Musk has his Silicon Valley players to support his back.
It’s easy to run a company on tax payers money, why should they get bailed out, if you can’t make your payments the bank make you declare bankruptcy, so it should be good for them too
If you owe a bank millions of dollars and you can’t pay it back, you have a big problem.
If you owe a bank billions of dollars and you can’t pay it back, the bank has a big problem.
When old GM couldn’t pay its bills. The government took over its auto business. Made management put forward a workable business plan. Then reissued stock years later
Ford took a $5.9 BILLION loan out with the u.s got just previous to the bailout.. any nay sayers can GOOGLE it nuff said..