• Dec 1, 2010
Toyota is still upset about how its joint NUMMI venture with General Motors was handled, and according to Automotive News, the Japanese automaker has now filed a lawsuit to the tune of $73 million. The suit is against Motors Liquidation Co., the company created to pick through the discarded ashes of "Old GM."

Toyota states that when General Motors pulled away from the NUMMI facility in 2009, it breached the contract between the two automakers. The $73 million covers research and development costs that were poured into the Fremont, California facility before it was shuttered last year.

The plant now belongs to Tesla, who purchased it from Toyota in May of 2010, for $42 million.

[Source: Automotive News – sub. req.]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      What a joke! Toyota wants the courts to drop all the lawsuits against their death-traps vehicles, and now they're wanting GM to pay for them shutting down THEIR plant. Give me a break! Of course they might get a lot of support for their suit from the Toyota-republicans, like the US senators from the transplant states. There's enough AMERICAN-supporters and workers left to bring back AMERICAN jobs. I just my new Chevy truck! And Toyota quality? Well it's good for a laugh!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The very idea of this is laughable. Toyota was planning on making an unwanted love child with Tesla, maybe they should go after them for the money. Morons.
      • 4 Years Ago
      There is no level that Toyota will not stoop to, that plant was 90% Toyota production. Suffer Toyota, you deserve every bad thing that comes your way. I use to think you were a good company, now you couldn't sell me a dimes worth of nothing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota is now deservedly known for the POS cars they have stuck us with. Now the lawyers they hired are taking them down too.

      It's amazing what depths they will descend to. But the truth is more that they really weren't so hot to begin with. Their pack of lies finally ran out and the salesmen that sell their crappy cars can't post enough garbage here to bail them out
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bankruptcy law requires Toyota to sue old GM.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ha! Good luck drawing blood from that stone!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Old GM: get in line for your pennies on the dollar...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I doubt that they're gonna see any money even if they win, liquidation motors has an awful lot of people in line for their stake.
      • 4 Years Ago
      - 90 million is a drop in the buck claim.
      - Research and development -- it was the Corolla station wagon -- repeatedly updated from a design from, must be 10 years ago.
      - oldGM has little assets to go after, so I wonder why they are bothering.
      - why bring up the affiliation to that plant at all, with all bad carma around it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If it was a joint venture did "Old GM" get any of the money from the sale (or did Toyota own the whole plant)?

      Not defending either, just a thought I had.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I would think GM would have forfeited any rights to a future sale by walking away from the JV.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Maybe Toyota is suing because the amount they cleared from selling the plant was chump change compared to what they felt they could have earned had both companies continued building vehicles - and the money GM would have been forced to pay them over the next few years for more Vibes?
        • 4 Years Ago
        See that is what I was thinking, which in turn (Toyota getting all of the plant) would compensate for the breech of contract. Toyota has every right to sue, but it just seems....well pointless. I am no lawyer, but I would think this would be a lost cause.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I guess that's ONE way to pay for all those recalls...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm thinking the legal fees will be more than they end up getting back.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Given that Old GM is judgement-proof because liabilities outweigh assets, I'm not sure of the point.
        • 4 Years Ago
        hehehe, Payback for the $16.4 million (and might I add, unfair) fine?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Legal fees are handled separately.

        If Toyota loses they will be ordered to reimburse "Old GM" for it's legal fees. If Toyota wins their legal fees will be added to the award amount.

        That's just how civil lawsuits are handled.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why couldn't GM build the Camaro at Nummi? An icon like that built in Canada makes me laugh.
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