The Indiana Supreme Court could end up deciding whether to revive an Indianapolis Toyota dealer's protest of a competitor's possible relocation.
The state Auto Dealer Services Division and Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. have asked the state Supreme Court to review a Court of Appeals decision reinstating Butler Toyota's protest against the proposed relocation of Ed Martin Toyota. The new site would be within 10 miles of the Butler store.
Butler Toyota had sought Toyota's permission to open a satellite store in the same locale sought by Ed Martin -- the fast-growing area including the Indianapolis suburbs of Noblesville and Fishers -- but had been rejected by the automaker.
Butler contends Toyota lacks "good cause" to relocate Ed Martin Toyota to the area and asked the state's dealer division to block the move.
"The Indiana Supreme Court has not yet conferenced to determine whether it will accept this case for appeal," said a spokesman for the Indiana Attorney General's Office, which represents the dealer division.