Deutsche Bahn sues Bombardier over regional train issues

BERLIN Thu Feb 14, 2013 1:19pm EST

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BERLIN Feb 14 (Reuters) - Deutsche Bahn AG has launched two lawsuits against Canadian trainmaker Bombardier over problems with its regional and city trains, a spokesman for the German rail operator said on Thursday.

Industry sources said Deutsche Bahn was seeking damages in the hundreds of millions of euros, while German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported it was seeking 160 million euros ($213.46 million).

The paper reported that one of the suits, filed with a court in Berlin, related to problems with trains' tilting technology, while the other suit, filed in Munich, was due to issues with brakes.

The Deutsche Bahn spokesman declined to comment further. A Bombardier spokesman said he was unable to comment because of "ongoing negotiations".

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Venerability wrote:
This comes exactly one day after leaks in the UK that Bombardier-Derby may get the lion’s share of new rail contracts in the UK, which could amount to several billions over the next 3 years.

As everyone should know, the Siemens versus Bombardier scandal in the UK has been literally central to various feuds between the Cameron government and Labour and may well be a key campaign issue in the next UK election.

The situation is complicated by Bombardier, despite being a Canadian company, having its train division headquarters in Germany, or on Siemens’s home turf.

So consider all of this much more geopolitical than anything else.

It would be nice if Bombardier and Siemens could start cooperating and acting as partners on more rail projects, as they have often done in the past, instead of being at each other’s throats.

In any case, Bombardier has won numerous top awards for its rail techologies worldwide in recent months, beating out key competitors. They will likely fix whatever needs to be fixed.

Feb 14, 2013 7:58pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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