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Lieb Loses Mercedes Lawsuit

“Further employment…would be unacceptable,” court rules.

by on Nov.19, 2012

Former MBUSA bost Ernst Lieb at the 2010 New York Auto Show.

Almost a year to the day after his unexpected ouster as CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA, Ernst Lieb has lost his bid to clear his name and get his job back.

The sudden departure by 57-year-old Lieb set off a flurry of rumors but was ultimately linked to what Mercedes claimed was the inappropriate use of company funds to pay for the renovation of his home near the sales subsidiary’s headquarters in New Jersey.

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Back in Germany, Lieb challenged his dismissal, but a Stuttgart court sided with the automaker, declaring, “In the view of the court, the allegations against the plaintiff are so serious that any further employment [at Daimler] would be unacceptable.”

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Ousted Mercedes Exec Fights Back

Lieb to refute ethics charges.

by on Dec.28, 2011

Former MBUSA bost Ernst Lieb at the 2010 New York International Auto Show.

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.

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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.

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