DaimlerChrysler managers set to testify against Kirk Kerkorian

Stuttgart. More DaimlerChrysler managers than originally announced will testify in the civil case brought by US billionaire Kirk Kerkorian against DaimlerChrysler.

The group's boss, Juergen Schrempp, will testify on December 9.

The group's financial director, Manfred Gentz, also will take the stand, but a date has not been set.

Commercial vehicle chief Eckhard Cordes, who played a major role in the fusion of Daimler-Benz and Chrysler, will give evidence December 16 at the court in Wilmington, Delaware.

Last summer DaimlerChrysler agreed to pay a $300 million settlement to small US investors. Kerkorian rejected a settlement and demanded $1 billion, saying that he had been cheated in his position as a large Chrysler investor. He said that the so-called "fusion between equals" in 1998 was really a takeover. Schrempp stated this in an interview in 2000. Kerkorian could have demanded a higher fee in addition to the price for his shares if the deal was deemed a takeover.

The trial will end on the December 17. A verdict is not to be expected until next spring.

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