TOKYO — Nearly four years after the arrest of Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn at a Tokyo airport, acrimony and legal wrangling continue to fester as the carmakers he once ran fight to recover from the chaos.
In recent moves, Nissan Motor Co. has increased the pressure on Ghosn and Greg Kelly, the American director they accuse of being his accomplice, by dramatically jacking up its damages claims in civil cases against both men.
In March, Kelly was cleared by a Japanese criminal court in seven of the eight years Nissan alleged financial misconduct. But a Nissan motion in late June seeks to triple the amount he could be found liable for to ¥4.4 billion, or roughly $30.5 million. From Ghosn, Nissan now seeks ¥15.5 billion ($108 million). For now, Kelly's lawyers are fighting to dismiss it.