Former Mercedes-Benz USA boss Ernst Lieb will fight his October dismissal in a German court, his lawyer announced.
Attorney Stefan Naegele says his client misused no company funds and plans to show that Lieb was one of dozens of Mercedes executives who have been fired unfairly following Daimler AG’s „zero tolerance” crackdown on ethics violations in the aftermath of the company’s global bribery scandal.
Lieb will appear in court in Stuttgart in March to pursue his lawsuit against Daimler AG and to challenge allegations that he improperly used more than $100,000 in company funds to upgrade the Mercedes-owned home in Mahwah, New Jersey, that he used to live in. According to a November 29 preliminary hearing, Daimler alleged that the money was used to buy items such as a home theater, home gym, washer, dryer and built-in barbecue system.
“None of the accusations are justified. And we will prove that,” Naegele was quoted as saying by Automotive News. The lawyer added that Daimler’s facility management department ordered or approved some of the improvements to the home, valued at more than $1.4 million. Lieb was fired in late October after five years as Mercedes-Benz USA CEO. His successor, Steve Cannon, was appointed this month.