Spyker Slaps GM With $3 Billion Lawsuit
By Greg Migliore
Spyker, the Dutch supercar firm and owner of Saab, hit General Motors with a $3 billion lawsuit Monday, claiming GM forced Saab into bankruptcy and interfered with a potential deal with Chinese investors that could have saved the company.
Spyker is suing on behalf of Saab, assuming legal costs in exchange for a significant proportion of any potential award. Saab went into bankruptcy in December 2011.
The lawsuit also says GM interference prevented an agreement with Chinese investor Zhejiang Youngman Lotus Automobile Co. Ltd., which would have allowed Saab to restructure. In court papers, Spyker said GM's motivation was to avoid competition with Saab in the Chinese market.
GM owned all or part of Saab from 1990 until 2010, before selling it to Spyker. Saab is now in receivership. A GM spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In a statement, Spyker CEO Victor Muller said: “Ever since we were forced to file for Saab Automobile's bankruptcy in December of last year, we have worked relentlessly on the preparation for this lawsuit which seeks to compensate Spyker and Saab for the massive damages we have incurred as a result of GM's unlawful actions.
“We owe it to our stakeholders and ourselves that justice is done, and we will pursue this lawsuit with the same tenacity and perseverance that we had when we tirelessly worked to save Saab Automobile, until GM destroyed those efforts and deliberately drove Saab Automobile into bankruptcy.”
It amazes me that no one in the media is following what GM is doing; in July GM announced in Mexico they are investing over $200M dollars creating 1000 new jobs in the two Mexico GM factories in Mexico. Not one word in the US - the number of jobs loss due the bankruptcy in the U.S. and the number of Dealership closed is never talked about - GM stock is down 41%, jobs are moving aboard, and we are silent -
It time for America to find out the truth about what our government and GM cost the U.S. Citizens - and this was this Administrations good work - voters beware
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