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Jeep settles spat with former execs

by Bill Cawthon on

According to the Melbourne, Australia-based Sunday Herald Sun, the legal battle between Jeep’s Australian unit and former executives has ended following a last-minute deal.


FCA Australia had filed a civil lawsuit against former CEO Clyde Campbell, his successor Veronica Johns, and Campbell’s wife Simone. The company said Campbell of spending millions in corporate funds on deals with friends and former colleagues, including a brand ambassador contract with former Miss Universe Australia Jesinta Campbell (in photo above).

The case had been set to open yesterday, but on Sunday, FCA said a settlement had been reached, with no admissions of liability on either side.

Jeep is growing in North America and Europe, but sales in Australia have tanked — dropping to 1,028 Jeep deliveries in August of this year, down 40% from August 2015 and down 71% from August 2014.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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