A federal magistrate is recommending dismissal of a lawsuit filed in 2003 by Gerald Gorman, owner of two Chicago-area dealerships.
Gorman, who owned Dodge of Midlothian and Marquette Chrysler-Jeep, alleged financial damage resulting from discriminatory lending practices by DaimlerChrysler Services North America LLC.
Gorman's lawsuit alleged that DaimlerChrysler Services altered an automated computer program designed to evaluate customers' credit applications objectively.
Last week, magistrate Arlander Keys in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, recommended that Judge Wayne Andersen grant Chrysler's request to dismiss the case. The judge may adopt or reject the opinion.
The magistrate's opinion states that "Mr. Gorman made false statements" in a court affidavit filed April 9, 2003, and "either lied or misled Chrysler during (legal) discovery."
Chris O'Hara, an attorney representing Gorman, did not return phone calls seeking comment by deadline.
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