Lopez' Pals Carry The Day In Court

General Motors lost a key round in its simmering dispute with Volkswagen. On Feb. 2, a Frankfurt district court dismissed a suit by GM's Adam Opel unit seeking a one-year employment ban on seven former Opel employees now at VW. The seven jumped ship shortly after onetime GM purchasing czar J. Ignacio L pez de Arriort a left Detroit for Wolfsburg. VW's hiring of the seven, the court ruled, was "under no conceivable way unfair competition." Opel admitted that even a decision in its favor "would not have been able to repair the damage," since the seven have been at VW for a year now.

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