He "develop[ed] concerns that the executives within the Mobile Devices Business were, intentionally or recklessly, materially misstating its 2009 forecasts and strategic plan." He felt the statements would have "a significant deleterious impact on Motorola's credit ratings and relationships, particularly if Mobile Devices' actual results continued to fall well short of its actual forecasts."
When he approached Motorola's board about the issue, he was fired in what he calls a retaliatory discharge.
Motorola didn't take the charge lightly. It contends that Liska cooked up a "scheme designed to portray himself as a whistleblower and demand millions in return for his silence." It also named him a "treacherous officer."
Motorola has been having a hard enough time as it is. The company's handset division is barely a shadow of what it once was. It recently became public that Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha was the highest paid U.S. CEO in 2008, while at the same time, the company has laid off thousands of employees.
It will be up to the Cook County court system to determine who's telling the truth in this matter, but Liska's allegations aren't pretty. All thanks makes a bad situation look all the worse for the U.S. maker of cell phones.