Johnson Controls Inc. is suing Exide Corp. and three of its former high-ranking executives, alleging the supplier bribed a former Sears, Roebuck and Co. purchasing employee to steal away JCI's battery contract with Sears in 1994. Exide calls JCI's actions “outrageous” and “extortionate” and plans to file a counter-suit. JCI claims the Florida Attorney General's investigation of Exide reveals evidence that during the period leading up to the award of the 1994 contract, Exide's former ...

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