Chrysler Appeals Plastech Ruling

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
chrysler appeals plastech ruling

When a bankruptcy court judge ruled that Chrysler could not strip bankrupt supplier Plastech of its proprietary tooling, it looked like the two were stuck with each other. And yet, a surprisingly short extension to their interim supply agreement signaled more conflict ahead… and here it comes. The latest supply contract is set to expire at midnight on Monday. The Detroit News reports that rather than extend it again, Chrysler will appeal the ruling and try once more to remove their equipment from the Plastech plant. In their court paper, ChryCo's lawyers postulate that "the court's decision may have significant implications for the way automakers and their suppliers do business in the future." True dat. And if Chrysler's appeal fails? Industry watchers say it could put Detroit's suppliers at a huge advantage over their customers… and potentially trigger another wave of supplier bankruptcies.

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  • INeon INeon on Mar 04, 2008

    ^^^^ I'm sure it could *never* be a case of a supplier intentionally under-bidding another to land business, knowing they'll strong-arm their customer into bailing them out when it goes bust. Never.

  • Sherman Lin Sherman Lin on Mar 04, 2008

    Running a business according to the philosophy of always screwing over the other fellow never works in the long run and only when that stops will the Detroit 3 prosper. Everything I have read seems to indicate that the same piss poor F*** the other guy attitude rules the roost in Detroit but not with Toyota and Honda.

  • Ryan Knuckles Ryan Knuckles on Mar 04, 2008

    Sherman Lin : It has worked for Wal-Mart..

  • Landcrusher Landcrusher on Mar 04, 2008

    pnnyj, You missed my point. It doesn't matter to me how badly these companies are treated by their customers. What matters to me is that these companies ARE NOT BANKRUPT. They are considering using bankruptcy protection only if they can use it as leverage, not because they can't stay in business without it.