Nissan filed a $91 million lawsuit in opposition to former Chairman Carlos Ghosn on Wednesday in a Japanese court docket, including to the flurry of points stemming from the executive’s November 2018 arrest on allegations of financial fraud.
Following an inside investigation, Nissan laid out a series of prices towards the Brazilian-born executive that led to his arrest for 15 months in the past. Ghosn spent four months in detention in Tokyo earlier than being launched on bail. He subsequently escaped from Japan and now stays in Lebanon, the place he holds citizenship.
The case has kicked off a broadside of claims and counterclaims, with Ghosn submitting each an $18 million injury go well with in opposition to Nissan within the Netherlands and one other declare in France for $273,000 towards Renault over pension funds. His attorney’s final month signaled further authorized motion could possibly be filed towards the French automaker. Ghosn was fired by Renault after the Nissan scandal erupted.
The two automakers teamed up 20 years in the past following Renault’s bid to avoid wasting then-floundering Nissan. With Ghosn in cost, they shaped the Renault-Nissan Alliance that was long hailed as one of many auto business’s most profitable collaborations. In 2016, Nissan rescued one other struggling Japanese automaker, which then joined what turned the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance.
Behind the scenes, nonetheless, the partnership confronted mounting strife and a rising divide between the French and Japanese producers. At the time of Ghosn’s arrest, Hiroto Saikawa, then Nissan’s CEO, mentioned it was triggered by revelations of intensive monetary misconduct uncovered by a prolonged inner inquiry.
Over the next months, Nissan and Japanese prosecutors laid out a series of allegations together with claims Ghosn concealed thousands of dollars in pay. Last September, the automaker additionally alleged Ghosn had both obtained or was aspiring to pay himself $300 million.
For his half, the 65-year-old government has repeatedly proclaimed his innocence, insisting he was the sufferer of a conspiracy aimed, amongst different issues, at limiting Renault’s domination of the automotive alliance. The French automaker holds a controlling stake because of its bailout of Nissan.