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Ecclestone facing $650m legal action in USA
New York financial company Bluewaters Communications Holdings has
launched a $650m legal claim against Bernie Ecclestone, his associated
companies and others in relation to the Gerhard Gribkowsky bribe affair.
In essence Bluewaters says it was a potential buyer of the F1 business,
and lost out because of the bribe.
The action, filed in the Supreme Court of New York State, is against
Ecclestone, CVC Capital Partners, Ecclestone-run companies Alpha Prema,
Alpha Topco and Delta Topco, Gribkowsky, and Bayerische Landesbank.
The introduction sums it up thus: “This case arises out of a $44 million
bribe paid by defendant Ecclestone to defendant Gribkowsky using money
supplied by defendants CVC and BayernLB. Gribkowsky was prosecuted and
convicted of taking the bribe and is now serving an eight-and-a-half
year prison sentence. Ecclestone orchestrated and paid the bribe to
preserve his status as head of an automobile-racing empire known as
“Plaintiff was the high bidder for the purchase of Formula 1, but
Ecclestone bribed Gribkowsky—using CVC’s and BayernLB’s money—to steer
the sale of Formula 1 to CVC for CVC’s and Ecclestone’s benefit.
Plaintiff has been damaged in an amount exceeding $650 million.”
After explaining the details chronology of the affair over some 27
pages, it concludes: “Each of CVC, Alpha Prema, Alpha Topco, and Delta
Topco extracted billions of dollars from Formula 1 that do not
rightfully belong to them. CVC, Alpha Prema, Alpha Topco, and Delta
Topco have profited enormously from CVC’s wrongful acquisition of
Formula 1, which is currently valued at $10 billion.
“Ecclestone was unjustly enriched by receiving an improper ‘finder’s
fee.’ Gribkowsky was unjustly enriched by accepting an improper bribe.
CVC, Alpha Prema, Alpha Topco, Delta Topco, Ecclestone, and Gribkowsky
must disgorge the profits rightfully belonging to Bluewaters.”