Baidu president of new business Zhang Yaqin has become embroiled in a class action lawsuit against Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer Nio after he served as a director at the company for three months last year.

Chinasoft International, where Zhang is a non-executive director, said in a disclosure to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange that Zhang had been named as a defendant in the suit against Nio. The legal action was filed in New York, with a similar suit being registered in California. Zhang served as a director at Nio between June and September 2018, according to Chinasoft.

Baidu was not immediately available when reached for comment.

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Christopher Udemans is a Shanghai-based data and graphics reporter. He covers Chinese artificial intelligence, mobility, and cybersecurity. You can contact him at chrisudemans [at] technode [dot] com.