The Ohio Supreme Court has refused to hear General Motors' appeal to allow the relocation of a Cleveland-area Chevrolet dealership.
The July 2 decision prevents Bass Chevrolet of Warrensville Heights from moving to a higher-traffic location in Orange Village. The relocation was consistent with GM's Project 2000, a marketing plan designed to streamline the company's dealer network.
Attorneys for GM and Bass Chevrolet were not available for comment.
The refusal upholds a decision by the Court of Appeals of Ohio that adding a competitor in Orange Village could put Joe O'Brien Chevrolet in neighboring Lyndhurst out of business. Bass Chevrolet is profitable where it is, the court reasoned.
O'Brien's attorney, Stanley Morgan- stern, said the public interest would not be served by the relocation.
The Ohio Motor Vehicle Dealers Board rejected the relocation July 20, 1995. But the Court of Common Pleas of Franklin County reversed the decision May 24, 1996. The appellate court overturned the county court's ruling Feb. 27, 1997.
The state Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal after determining the case did not involve a constitutional question.