DETROIT, July 23 (UPI) -- The Michigan Supreme Court has overturned a $21 million verdict against Chrysler in a sexual harassment suit filed by a Detroit auto plant worker.
A majority of the court agreed with Chrysler's contention the reward was excessive, the Detroit News said.
The high court also found flamboyant attorney Geoffrey Fieger had improperly appealed to juror bias, the Detroit Free Press said. Fieger, the court said, likened his client to a Holocaust victim mistreated by a heartless German corporation.
The 4-3 court ruling did not undermine the core of the civil suit filed by Linda Gilbert in 1994 -- the offensive treatment she claimed to have suffered for two years at Chrysler's Jefferson North plant despite complaints to managers.
The decision also did not ease companies' obligation to act swiftly on reports of offensive treatment.
While not a total victory the automaker got the new trial it requested, overturning an earlier ruling by the Michigan Court of Appeals.