Mary Barra, chief executive officer of General Motors Co. (GM), left, and Sergio Marchionne, chief executive officer of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, center, listen during a press conference outside the White House after meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump . not pictured, in Washington, DC
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General Motors is trying to remove a judge who described his civil lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler as a "waste of time", and to lift an order earlier this week calling on company CEOs to meet independently to solve their problems .
The Detroit automaker filed a petition with the 6th U.S. Court of Appeals on Friday afternoon to order Mandamus to reject Tuesday's District Judge Paul Borman's order that the sides meet by July 1st, and the case in Reassigned to pre-trial detention.
"Our commitment to justice includes a responsibility to uncover corruption in our industry when we learn about it, and to seek compensation if we are targeted and directly harmed," GM said in an emailed statement. "If you don't strive for justice, the evildoers will be rewarded at the expense of honest, hard-working people."
The automaker also "rejected the idea that the search for justice for the direct harm done to GM was a" waste of time ", a" distraction "or a" distraction "from more pressing and major problems like the following coronavirus pandemic and Racial injustice is the death of George Floyd, and all points were used by Borman during a Tuesday hearing that Fiat Chrysler asked the judge to dismiss GM's lawsuit.
"General Motors has played an important role in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, promoting diversity and inclusion, and promoting prosperity with well-paid jobs," the company said. "Nothing, including the RICO lawsuit that we filed against the FCA and three convicted former FCA executives, has or will prevent GM and its leadership team from fully providing their vision and leadership on these critical issues now and in the future."
Fiat Chrysler, in a statement emailed Tuesday, agreed to "Borman's observation that these are exceptional times for our country, particularly given the COVID-19 pandemic and the tragic death of George Floyd and the focus it has." focused on racism and social justice. "
Fiat Chrysler made the following statement on GM filing on Friday afternoon:
"As we said from the date of filing this lawsuit, it is unfounded. It will not distract the FCA from its mission to provide its customers with outstanding and exciting cars, trucks and SUVs and to continue to implement its long-term strategy. This is the pioneering collaboration agreement with Groupe PSA to create the world's third largest global automaker by sales.
The FCA will continue to vigorously defend itself and pursue all available remedies in response to GM's unfounded lawsuit. We are ready to follow Judge Borman's instructions. "
GM filed the extortion lawsuit in November, alleging that the company had been harmed by "corrupt" collective bargaining involving Fiat Chrysler leaders who bribed union officials to take business-friendly positions that resulted in unfair labor costs. It has been argued that although the United Auto Workers union uses "patterned" negotiations, GM has not had the same benefits as the Italian-American automaker.
Gary Jones, the newly elected President of the United Auto Workers (UAW), speaks before the 37th UAW Constitutional Convention on June 14, 2018 at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan.
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Much of the lawsuit centers on Fiat Chrysler's late CEO Sergio Marchionne, who died unexpectedly in 2018 and was involved in a federal investigation into union bribery and corruption.
The U.S. Department of Justice case is ongoing. However, the federal prosecutor said in May that GM is not currently the target of the year-long investigation.
GM is demanding unspecified billions of dollars in damages, which the lawsuit claims "will be used to invest in the United States for job growth and worker benefit."
The federal investigation has led to 14 convictions, including former UAW President Gary Jones and 10 other union officials and three former Fiat Chrysler executives.