Three dealers and four suppliers are among the members of Chrysler LLC's committee of unsecured creditors, a group that is supposed to represent the interests of all creditors in the automaker's bankruptcy proceedings.
The UAW and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., a U.S. government agency, also are on the committee.
Diana Adams, the U.S. bankruptcy trustee in Chrysler's case, appointed the 11 committee members today.
Here are the committee members:
Zanetti Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge, New York City
Darcars Imports Inc., Silver Spring, Md.
AutoNation Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Continental Automotive Systems Inc., Deer Park, Ill.
Cummins Inc., Columbus, Ind.
Ohio Module Manufacturing Co., Toledo, Ohio
Magna International Inc., Aurora, Ontario
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., Washington
Desiree Sanchez, to be represented by Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, Philadelphia
Patricia Pascale, to be represented by Brayton Purcell LLP, Novato, Calif.
AutoNation ranks No. 1 on the Automotive News list of the Top 125 Dealership Groups in the United States, ranked by unit sales of new vehicles in 2008. Darcars ranks No. 19.
Ohio Module Manufacturing is a subsidiary of South Koreas Hyundai Mobis.
Brayton Purcell is the legal counsel for certain asbestos claimants against Chrysler.
Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis had sought, on behalf of a group called the Ad Hoc Committee of Consumer-Victims of Chrysler LLC, to have the bankruptcy judge appoint an official committee of tort claimants. The Ad Hoc Committee has more than 150 members who each have tort claims involving personal injuries against Chrysler. Those claims were valued by the Ad Hoc Committees members and their counsel at a total of more than $650 million.
Adams, the trustee, officially appointed Desiree Sanchez to the committee. But Larry Coben, a lawyer with Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, will attend the committee meetings on behalf of Sanchez, said Barry Bressler, another lawyer at the law firm.
In 2004, Sanchez was in a Chrysler Sebring when it was hit broadside. The car did not have a side airbag. Bressler said Sanchez, a 25-year-old high school graduate at the time, now resides in an assisted-living facility.