United States: GM sues its former board member and UAW VP, Joe Ashton, connected to corruption probe

General Motors has sued its former board member, Joe Ashton, who the company previously labeled as a paid mole, in the latest front in the company’s legal assault stemming from the federal corruption probe into the UAW and Detroit automakers.

The suit expands the claims the company made in its federal lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, which said FCA corrupted the contract bargaining process in an effort to harm GM and force a merger between the two. FCA has called the claims in the suit, which is now before a federal appeals court after an earlier dismissal, meritless and blasted GM’s actions as “despicable.” FCA says it is focused on its planned merger with Peugeot maker PSA Group.

GM sued Ashton, a former UAW vice president, in federal court in New Jersey this week because that’s where he lives. Ashton, who resigned from the GM board in 2017, is awaiting sentencing on charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering in a thread of the scandal focused on kickbacks and bribes related to millions of dollars in contracts for jackets, watches and backpacks.

The original full article can be found at freep.com

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