For at least the third time in seven months, Reynolds and Reynolds Co. has been hit with an antitrust lawsuit from a dealership vendor. Superior Integrated Solutions, owner of Darwin Automotive, has sued Reynolds for anti-competitive practices it says could materially impact Superior's business.
The complaint, filed Aug. 18 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, says that Reynolds' interference with Darwin's business relationships violates Florida's deceptive and unfair trade practices act. Superior is seeking a permanent injunction to stop Reynolds from blocking it from the software and data it needs to run its business.
Darwin is a predictive finance and insurance menu-selling tool that competes with Reynolds' docuPAD. Darwin has not needed to integrate with Reynolds directly because it integrates with Intersection Technologies Inc., better known to dealerships as F&I Express, a portal company that connects dealerships to F&I product providers. F&I Express is part of Reynolds' certified interface program, the complaint said. F&I Express connects dealerships with more than 132 product providers, such as Darwin.
Reynolds and CDK Global's jointly owned Provider Exchange Network competes with F&I Express, court documents said.