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Johnson Controls has appealed the Dec. 11 auction sale of bankrupt battery maker A123 Systems to China’s Wanxiang Group. Johnson Controls, which like A123 makes lithium-ion batteries for the auto industry, had earlier struck a $125 million deal for the firm’s assets. Wanxiang bid $257 million for the firm, excluding contracts with the U.S. military. Although the stated purpose of Johnson Controls’ appeal is to recover its deal breakup fee of $5.5 million, the firm also wants to influence government officials who may try to intervene in the sale on the grounds of national security.
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