Chrysler has previously sued lawyers in Philadelphia and St. Louis for what it contended were other frivolous or fraudulent court cases.
“We’re fighting back against lawsuit abuse,” Steve Hantler, assistant general counsel for Chrysler Group, said at a news conference in Austin.
The Texas lawsuit was filed Tuesday in state district court in San Antonio against attorneys Robert Kugle, Robert “Trey” Wilson III and Andrew Toscano of the former Kugle Law Firm of San Antonio.
Wilson and Toscano still practice law in Bexar County. A message was left Wednesday seeking comment from Wilson. Toscano would not take a call from The Associated Press, said a person who answered the phone in his office.
A message was left seeking comment from Kugle, who was suspended from practicing law in the state, according to the State Bar of Texas.
The trio waged a bogus $2 billion “strike-it-rich scheme” by pursuing a lawsuit against the company and seeking a settlement involving a fatal 1996 rollover accident, Hantler said.
The case stemmed from the crash of a Dodge Neon on a highway near Sabinas, Coahuila, Mexico. Seven members of the Fabila family were riding in the Neon when the car went out of control and flipped, killing four people, including three children.