Feb. 12, 1997: A New Jersey Honda dealer requests extra port cars from his district sales manager.
April 21, 1997: The official tells the dealer Honda won't give him anything extra because he is suing the company. The official says it is a policy from high up in the company.
May 5, 1997: The dealer complains to his lawyer, who raises the issue in court.
July 1, 1997: Honda lawyers obtain a sworn statement from the district sales manager in which he denies the statements.
July 3, 1997: The dealer produces a secret tape recording and transcript of the conversation.
July 7, 1997: Honda puts the district sales manager on administrative leave and warns all sales personnel to treat litigating retailers the same as others.
July 8, 1997: A federal judge threatens to turn the matter over to the Justice Department for investigation.