Automotive News Europe reports Ernst Lieb, the former Mercedes-Benz USA CEO, has lost a wrongful dismissal suit against his former employer. As you may recall, parent company Daimler fired Lieb claiming the 57-year-old executive used company funds to upgrade his personal home, though he has denied the claim all along, going so far as to sue his former employer. All told, Daimler said Lieb spent more than $100,000 to upgrade his company home in Mahwah, New Jersey. The money was allegedly used to purchase a home theater, a gym, a washer and dryer and a barbecue.

On Thursday, November 8, a court in Stuttgart dismissed the suit, saying the claims against Lieb were "so serious that any further employment [at Daimler] would be unacceptable." The former executive has said he will appeal the ruling, and his attorney, Stefan Naegele, has said the lawsuit is more about restoring Lieb's reputation than about receiving any monetary retribution.


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      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sounds like the typical Corporate America CEO. Glad that the German parent company is a little more sane with its corporate expenditures. Already making an egregious amount of money, but still thinks he's entitled to having the company pay for ALL of his lavish lifestyle. What a complete POS this guy is... he must have already had his choice of some of the most expensive cars on the market and be able to drive it for free since it would have been a company-car. But even that isn't enough for him. Oh no. Of course not because for these 1%'ers greed knows no bounds.
        dohc73
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Not so fast Hazdaz. MB is good for wrongfully terminating employees that have also fought back and won: http://www.spiegel.de/international/business/trapped-in-the-us-web-daimler-upset-with-over-eager-american-oversight-a-803350.html When you read these stories, you can't think like a poor man like you and me. At their level, it's not always what it seems at first.
          Hazdaz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @dohc73
          He already lost the court case. This isn't some blind accusation, and instead he had the opportunity to show his side of the case and lost. "...so serious that any further employment [at Daimler] would be unacceptable." That's not a quote from M-B's attorneys, and instead is what the court itself said.
      xspeedy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Never trust a dude that runs a mustache like that one.
      m_2012
      • 2 Years Ago
      Selling used cars is in his future.
      Street King
      • 2 Years Ago
      Gotta ask, whats the point of these "regional" CEO's anyway? They have no say in product development or major decision making. His famous 5 words were likely "better check with Germany first". Top guy in the office is all it sounds like, heck, loyalty from the big wigs wasn't even something this guy had in his back pocket.
      6speed
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looking at this guy's picture, I doubt the home gym part of the Daimler claims are true.
      damienreiduae
      • 2 Years Ago
      With a name like ERNST, no wonder he has no friends at the courts.
      sinistro79
      • 2 Years Ago
      He got fired on a hunch. Nothing has been proven.
      Lucky Vanos
      • 2 Years Ago
      No worries, he can always get a job as a ooommpa loompa in the next Wizard of Oz movie.
      Big Squid
      • 2 Years Ago
      He should have used that home gym.