Legal File


Ex-comptroller's choice: Repayment or prison

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2012
If the former comptroller of a New York auto dealership pays more than $200,000 in restitution before her sentencing this week she will get probation rather than jail time, the Rockland County, N.Y., district attorney's office said.... Read More »



Court backs jury: No ill intent in Ala. dealership's use of rival store's name

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2012
A Florida Toyota dealership has lost another round in its bitter legal battles with an Alabama rival after a federal appeals court upheld a jury verdict in favor of the rival in their dispute about Internet sites. A panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta upheld the jury's finding that Eastern Shore Toyota in Daphne, Ala., while in violation of federal anti-cybersquatting law, had not acted in bad faith.... Read More »



Did Carfax defame Experian to retain business? Judge tosses some claims

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 30, 2012
The high-stakes battle between Experian Information Solutions Inc. and Carfax Inc. for market share in the vehicle-history report arena has spilled over into a Chicago courthouse.... Read More »



Missouri dealership can pursue Ferrari lawsuit

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2012
A high-end St. Louis dealership that's accusing Ferrari North America of reneging on a promised franchise will be able to pursue most of its claims. But the federal judge who allowed the case to go forward dismissed allegations that Ferrari violated Missouri's dealer law because the dealership never had a written franchise agreement.... Read More »


Service contracts aren't insurance, Okla. says

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2012
The state of Oklahoma has made technical changes to its rules governing extended-service contract providers, making it clearer that extended-service contracts shouldn't be regulated like insurance.... Read More »



Dealerships agree to customer refunds

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2012
Eight New England dealerships have agreed to honor advertised sales prices and to make refunds to customers they overcharged in a settlement with the state of Vermont.... Read More »



Jaguar's refusal of dealer's move ruled OK

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 28, 2012
A Connecticut dealership group's attempt to sue Jaguar Land Rover North America for rejecting the group's store consolidation plans has failed. A 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals panel in New York ruled unanimously that the dealer agreement gave the manufacturer wide discretion to review relocation requests.... Read More »


Price dispute won't hinder supplies to Eberspaecher - for now

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 8, 2012
Eberspaecher North America's price dispute with a Tier 2 supplier won't affect its ability to receive parts, at least for now. A federal judge in Detroit has granted a preliminary injunction against Nelson Global Products Inc. that requires the company to continue providing exhaust system parts to Eberspaecher until their contract dispute gets resolved.... Read More »



Judge: Axed Nissan dealership had time to improve but didn't

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 30, 2012
A Detroit-area Nissan store has lost its fight against termination by the automaker.... Read More »



Dealer wins in court but may never collect

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2012
The opening of Tommy Manuel's new Chrysler-Jeep point in South Arlington, Texas, was delayed by a year because of a competitor's protest. Now the state Court of Appeals says Manuel and his companies are entitled to $370,668 for lost profits because DaimlerChrysler Motors failed to use its "best efforts" to resolve the protest faster.... Read More »


Ky.'s attempt to protect rejected dealers fails

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 9, 2012
Kentucky's attempt to protect dealers rejected as a result of an automaker's bankruptcy has slammed into a barrier: the U.S. Constitution.... Read More »


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