Terry Christensen, billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian's lawyer, has legal troubles of his own. Christensen, 65, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles last week, charged with paying embattled star-snooper detective Anthony Pellicano $100,000 for wiretapping phone conversations of Kerkorian's ex-wife, Lisa Bonder Kerkorian, in 2002. At that time, Kerkorian and his feuding bride were battling over financial support as a capstone to their 30-day marriage. Lisa Bonder Kerkorian was seeking $320,000 a month. Christensen led Kerkorian's unsuccessful legal battle against DaimlerChrysler and Juergen Schrempp over Schrempp's admission that he viewed the Daimler-Benz and Chrysler Corp. union as a takeover, not a "merger of equals."
Kerkorian's lawyer faces wiretap count
THE TOYOTA WAY (OF LIFE) -- During a radio interview at the Chicago Auto Show, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. honcho Jim Press offered insight into the way Toyota makes decisions. Asked when Toyota would decide whether to build another North American factory, Press explained: "In our company, there are two planning processes, short-term and long-term. Short-term (means) in our lifetime."
SHE SPEAKS, THEY LISTEN -- Randi Miller's job is leasing Lexuses, but she suddenly is famous for helping people use subway trains in the nation's capital. Miller, 44, beat more than 1,200 rivals, including professional broadcasters, to become the new voice of recorded door-closing warnings on Washington subway cars. Jeff Warner, general manager of Lindsay Lexus in Alexandria, Va., and Miller's boss, liked her dealership intercom messages and persuaded her to enter the competition. He may come to regret it. The train gig pays nothing, and Miller isn't planning to leave the car business. But she already has a voice-over contract with another company, plus other offers. She told Automotive News, "I've gotten a lot of mileage out of it."
BLAST FROM SAAB'S PAST -- When a late arrival walked into their make meeting last week in Orlando, Fla., some Saab dealers may have thought they had stepped into a time warp. That's because the latecomer turned out to be Bob Sinclair, CEO of the automaker's U.S. operations from 1971 until he retired in 1991. Sinclair was in charge when the company was known as Saab-Scania and General Motors was just another competitor. Sinclair's message: The brand is on the right track, and management knows what it is doing. Current Saab General Manager Jay Spenchian invited Sinclair to speak. Said Spenchian: "I'm a big believer in bringing the best from the past."
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