September 24, 2009 09:00 ET

Chery Finally Steps Up to Face Racketeering, Fraud, Theft and Conspiracy Charges

Malcolm Bricklin Announces a Happy End to Chery's "Bizarre" Year Long Legal Dodge

SOUTHFIELD, MI--(Marketwire - September 24, 2009) - V Cars, LLC, formerly Visionary Vehicles, LLC, announced today that it has successfully served Chery Automobile Co., LTD in its Complaint and Demand for Trial by Jury in the United States District Court in the Eastern District of Michigan. V Cars filed its complaint in July 2008. In a Motion for Substituted Service filed in May 2009, V Cars states that Chery, aided by China's Ministry of Justice, took extraordinary measures to avoid service. In August, a Michigan attorney finally stepped up to represent Chery.

"We have filed an amended complaint, which is stronger and more focused," said V Cars Chairman, Malcolm Bricklin. "We will now aggressively move forward after a bizarre year of cat and mouse games with Chery."

For months following the initial filing, Chery repeatedly avoided service by refusing Federal Express packages containing the legal documents. In accordance with The Hague Convention, V Cars had the documents translated and sent to the Central Authority in China, where it was received November 10, 2008.

On May 19, 2009 V Cars received a letter from the Ministry of Justice of the People's Republic of China. The Ministry of China refused to serve Chery because it objected to one line in the 72-page complaint. The "unacceptable" sentence referred to China as a "Communist, autocratic state."

"If I hadn't lived through the past year, I would never have believed it," said Bricklin. "It goes to the heart of our complaint that state-backed Chery plays by its own pirate rules of business."

V Cars claims Chery has a rich history of stealing Western technology. It settled with Volkswagen in 2003 after it violated intellectual property laws by using parts from the well-known Volkswagen Jetta. It also settled with GM after Chery manufactured a near-identical copy of the General Motors Chevrolet Spark that it called the QQ.

The V Cars complaint states that, Chery induced V Cars into giving it plans for a North American distribution business, subverted a highly-placed employee, and committed acts of fraud after it decided not to go through with a deal it made with V Cars. V Cars charges that Chery stole contents of a highly confidential, proprietary, product development catalogue which represented millions of dollars in V Cars resources. The lawsuit claims loss of $14 Billion in potential profits and a $26 Million investment.

V Cars, LLC, is represented by Andrew Kochanowski and Michael Chichester of Sommers Schwartz, P.C. and Fred A. Schwartz of Adorno and Yoss, LLP. Chery Automobile Co., LTD is represented by Matthew Leitman of Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C.

For copies of relevant materials including the amended complaint, the Chery appearance and the Ministry of Justice objections email

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