Dealers push bill to roll back franchise terminations

Jack Fitzgerald and other Washington-area dealers are recruiting dealers and dealer associations to gin up support in Congress for a bill that would prohibit GM and Chrysler from forcing dealerships to close.

Dubbed the "Automobile Dealer Economic Rights Restoration Act of 2009," the bill would keep automakers in which the federal government has a stake from depriving dealers of their economic rights and restore the franchise agreements that were in effect before Chrysler and GM filed for bankruptcy.

The bill was written by Arent Fox, a Washington insider law firm.

» DOWNLOAD: Draft of proposed legislation to protect the rights of automobile dealers in which the federal government has an ownership interest

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