Ernst Lieb, the U.S. Chief Executive fired last October for allegedly violating Mercedes-Benz ethics policies plans to refute the charges in a German court.
The popular former executive claims, through his attorney, that he did not misuse company funds – and will fight to reverse his dismissal.
“None of the accusations are justified. And we will prove that,” attorney Stefan Naegele told Automotive News.
The firing, he insisted, was the result of an unfair crackdown by Mercedes’ parent, Daimler AG, which has been struggling to prove that it no longer tolerates the ethical lapses that cost it $185 million in a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department in 2010.