FBI Investigates Liebherr Stolen Truck Designs Lawsuit

June 4, 2015

The FBI’s Detroit, Mich., office filed a request for 32 documents in the 2011 Liebherr copycat lawsuit. The request indicates the FBI may be exploring criminal charges, reports the Daily Press.

Prior to the FBI’s request for documents, Liebherr dropped its civil lawsuit against Detroit Heavy Trucking (DHT). The lawsuit accused DHT of stealing, and then distributing truck designs to Chinese firms to imitate Liebherr’s diesel mining truck with a 400-ton payload.

FBI Special Agent Aaron Steketee, who requested the court documents from the FBI's Detroit office, did not return phone calls or emails this week.

Additionally, David Porter, a press spokesman with the FBI's Detroit office, also declined to explain the request.