Judge urges Deutsche Bank, Kirch to settle dispute
FRANKFURT, Oct 9 (Reuters) - A German judge has renewed a push for Deutsche Bank AG and the family of late media mogul Leo Kirch to reach a settlement, the latest effort to settle one of Germany's longest-running corporate disputes.
Presiding Judge Guido Kotschy, who has repeatedly urged both parties to reach a settlement, has asked for top representatives from both Kirch and Deutsche Bank to appear in court in Munich on Nov. 16. Deutsche co-Chief Executive Juergen Fitschen is set to attend the meeting.
If Kotschy uses the hearing to press for a settlement, Deutsche will reconsider the issue, a person close to the lender said on Tuesday.
Deutsche Bank and Kirch representatives declined to comment.
Kirch, who died aged 84 last year, sought for years to recoup about 2 billion euros ($2.6 billion) in damages from Deutsche Bank.
Kirch claimed ex-Deutsche Chairman Rolf Breuer triggered his media group's downfall by questioning its creditworthiness in a 2002 television interview.
In March, Deutsche Bank representatives and heirs to Kirch were close to reaching an agreement, but failed to strike a deal. ($1 = 0.7711 euros)
(Reporting by Philipp Halstrick; Writing by Edward Taylor; Editing by David Holmes)
Keywords: DEUTSCHEBANK KIRCH/DISPUTE