Fugitive former car executive Carlos Ghosn suffered a setback on Thursday (May 20).
A Dutch court ordered him to repay 5 million euros in wages to Nissan and Mitsubishi in a case he had brought.
That's about $6.1 million.
The case is part of a series involving one of the best known figures in the auto industry.
It centres around the Dutch-registered joint venture Nissan-Mitsubishi BV, where Ghosn was ousted as chairman in 2019.
Ghosn claimed the Japanese companies violated Dutch labor laws when they dismissed him.
He had demanded compensation of over 18 million dollars for missed wages and severance payments.
But the district court in Amsterdam sided with the car companies.
It said that Ghosn did not have a valid employment agreement with the joint venture.
The court found that the former exec had wrongfully determined his own salary and sign-on bonus at NMBV.
Representatives for Ghosn did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the verdict, which can be appealed by both sides.
Ghosn, who has repeatedly denied wrongdoing, was chairman of both Nissan and Mitsubishi and chief executive of Renault.
He was arrested in Japan in 2018 on charges of underreporting his salary and using company funds for personal purposes.
He fled to Lebanon in December 2019 hidden in carry-on luggage on a private jet.