A summary is provided below of the final court judgments, final arbitration awards and other final orders deemed significant because of their value and for which a final decision was issued in 2013 against companies of the Fiat Group (Final Judgments).
There were no significant Final Judgments relating to breaches of environmental legislation, violation of rights of indigenous people, unfair competition, violations of antitrust legislation, non-compliance with laws and regulations, violations concerning health and safety impact of products and services, product and service information, privacy, advertising and marketing or product and services provision.
Final Judgments were however issued against companies within the Fiat Group in relation to:
- two cases of contractual liability (former dealers’ claims for compensation for loss of clientele for approx. € 0.3 mln in total value), and
- a dispute with an insurance company covering a supplier’s liability towards the Group, which the insurance company initially paid to the Group and then claimed back in court (for approx. €0.2 mln).
There were also certain matters in which non-Final Judgments against companies in the Fiat Group were issued. Such matters are still pending and their final outcome remains uncertain. They include:
- two claims by bankruptcy proceedings to obtain payment of a disputed receivable and to claw back certain payments (for a total amount of approx. €1.7 mln), and
- a contractual liability case regarding a claim by the purchaser of certain real estate formerly owned by the Group to obtain reimbursement of costs and expenses incurred in connection with the property (for approx. € 0.4 mln).
Lastly, final rulings delivered in 2013 related to labor and social security litigations against Group companies involved a total payment corresponding to 0.16% of labor costs for the year. The year’s litigations were concentrated mostly in Brazil, where final rulings, mainly related to the interpretation of regulations, represented 94.8% of all final judgments, equal to 88.2% of the total payout. However, within the specific context of the country, these final judgments were not exceptional either in nature or in number.