The specific subject of debate is a non-compete clause in De Meo's contract with Fiat that would, if valid, prevent him from working for another automaker for a full year. But sources differ on whether the clause stands. Some argue that it has already lapsed, while others claim it is valid. Push come to shove, CEOs Martin Winterkorn and Sergio Marchionne of the Volkswagen and Fiat groups respectively could settle the matter between themselves without the need for going to court.
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