JCI Cites Free Speech In $5.5M Feud With A123 Creditors

Law360, Wilmington (January 14, 2013, 9:09 PM EST) -- Johnson Controls Inc., which recently lost an auction for bankrupt A123 Systems Inc., accused the battery maker's creditors Monday of trampling its First Amendment rights by fighting to withhold a $5.5 million breakup fee over Johnson Controls' lobbying efforts against the Chinese firm that won the auction.

In an objection filed in Delaware bankruptcy court, Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls admitted to voicing its concerns to U.S. officials about Wanxiang Group Corp.’s bid for A123’s lithium ion battery technology, but said those lobbying efforts provide no basis for...
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