Coming in several months after GM had its racketeering lawsuit against Stellantis dismissed by a U.S. court of appeals, the Detroit-based automaker is now turning towards the U.S. Supreme Court for further review. This comes as GM has had multiple dismissals filed against its litigation.
According to a report by Detroit Free Press, GM originally filed the racketeering lawsuit against Stellantis – formerly known as FCA – back in late 2019 on charges that the automaker was paying off the UAW for preferential treatment in labor negotiations. Since then, GM’s case has been dismissed, appealed, and dismissed again.
“We are seeking Supreme Court review of the Sixth Circuit’s decision that would allow FCA to escape liability under the federal racketeering statute for the harm it inflicted on GM through its admitted corruption,” according to a statement from GM spokeswoman Maria Raynal.
In a statement to the U.S. Supreme Court, a GM filing said “As the sordid details of the scheme unfolded, it became increasingly clear that FCA’s corruption had not only benefitted FCA but directly harmed GM, both by ensuring that GM would consistently be denied concessions the UAW gave to FCA, and by corrupting the pattern-bargaining process to force GM to shoulder more than $1 billion in labor costs above what it would have expended absent FCA’s racketeering.”
In response, Stellantis continues to deny any wrongdoing. “As we have said from the date this lawsuit was filed, it is meritless and we will continue to defend ourselves vigorously and pursue all available remedies in response to this groundless lawsuit,” according to a statement from Stellantis spokeswoman Shawn Morgan.
At this time, it’s currently unknown how quickly new decisions will be made regarding the lawsuit.
It’s worth noting that former GM Motors board member Joe Ashton was a centerpiece in FCA-UAW controversy. Ashton pleaded guilty to charges that he was paid off by FCA to provide information and intel on GM’s operations. Stellantis maintains FCA’s position, likening the accusations to that of the plot of a “third-rate spy movie.”