Spyker, the Dutch supercar firm and owner of Saab, filed suit against General Motors last month. In the lawsuit, Spyker claims 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. The amount being sought is $3 billion. 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. Spyker alleges that 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. As you may know, Saab is now in receivership. In a statement, Spyker CEO Victor Muller had this to say:
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.
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