Supreme Court asked to block Chrysler sale to Fiat

WASHINGTON – Opponents of Chrysler’s sale to Fiat are asking the Supreme Court to block the deal.

The Indiana State Police Pension Fund, the Indiana Teacher’s Retirement Fund and the state’s Major Moves Construction Fund claim the deal unfairly favors the interests of the company’s unsecured stakeholders ahead of those of secured debtholders such as themselves.

The funds also challenged the constitutionality of the Treasury Department’s use of Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, funds to supply Chrysler’s bankruptcy protection financing. They say the Treasury did so without congressional authority.

Chief Judge Dennis Jacobs of the New York-based appeals court asked Thomas Lauria, the lawyer representing the Indiana funds, why he believed his clients would be better off if the deal with Fiat went away and Chrysler was forced to liquidate.

Lauria responded that the sale could be restructured to provide a better return for the secured debtholders.

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