Michigan Objects to Chrysler-Fiat Deal Over Workers’ Compensation Funds

May 7, 2009

Michigan is objecting to the sale of Chrysler LLC assets to Italian automaker Fiat, claiming the new company won’t meet obligations to a state workers’ compensation fund.

State Attorney General Mike Cox filed papers in bankruptcy court in New York on behalf of the State of Michigan Workers’ Compensation Fund and Funds Administration.

The filing says that could leave Chrysler unable to make yearly $25 million payments. The state worries its Self-Insurers’ Security Fund could become insolvent and leave all eligible injured workers at larger companies without benefits.

Judge Arthur Gonzales said the objection could be resolved later if and when he is asked to rule on a final sale motion.

The filing says Chrysler can’t avoid regulatory requirements that apply to all Michigan employers.

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