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Court Dismisses Investor Lawsuits Against Porsche

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 9:35am

BERLIN (AP) — A German court has dismissed two investor lawsuits seeking damages from sportscar maker Porsche SE for alleged market manipulation during its failed bid to take over Volkswagen AG.

Wednesday's ruling by Braunschweig state court in northern Germany appears to strengthen Porsche's position, which still faces other court battles in connection with the 2008 takeover bid, German news agency dapd reported.

Two investors in the Braunschweig case had sought €4.7 million ($6.1 million) in damages claiming that Porsche published misleading information while it was secretly trying to take control of the much-larger Volkswagen.

Porsche's bid failed amid an unsustainable debt burden and the collapse of financial markets following the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy, eventually leading Volkswagen to take full control of Porsche.

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