The next round in a wrongful dismissal lawsuit brought by former Mercedes-Benz USA boss Ernst Lieb against Daimler will begin Nov. 15 in a German court, a spokeswoman for Lieb's lawyer told Automotive News Europe.
Lieb was fired in October after Daimler said he improperly used more than $100,000 in corporate funds to upgrade his company-owned home in Mahwah, New Jersey. Lieb, who spent five years in the U.S. job, denied the allegations and sued Daimler.
At a hearing last November, Daimler alleged that Lieb used company money to pay for items such as a home theater system, a home gym, a washer and dryer and a built-in barbecue system.
A Daimler spokesman said at the time that Lieb was fired because he "made incomplete, inaccurate and manipulative statements to the company and the responsible persons" during a company audit of spending by overseas executives.