GM says Fiat Chrysler not cooperating in racketeering suit

General Motors Co. filed a motion Friday in U.S. District Court asking a judge to make Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV hand over evidence related to a racketeering case against the Italian American automaker.

GM argues in the court filing that Fiat Chrysler has refused to participate in the discovery phase of the federal civil racketeering lawsuit filed by GM. The filing essentially demands documents related to the case.

The motion is “standard practice,” according to Peter Henning, a Wayne State University law professor and former federal prosecutor.

“This isn’t full-scale discovery yet,” Henning said. “That will come probably after Fiat Chrysler files a motion to dismiss. This is the next step in the case. This is pretty standard. It’s nothing outlandish.”