CDK Global Inc. and Reynolds and Reynolds Co. are suing in federal court to overturn a new Arizona law that gives dealers more control over the data in their dealership management systems.
The lawsuit, filed July 29 in U.S. District Court in Arizona by co-plaintiffs CDK and Reynolds, the industry’s largest DMS providers, argues that the law is unconstitutional. The Arizona statute goes into effect Aug. 26, according to the complaint.
The suit names Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and John S. Halikowski, director of the Arizona Department of Transportation, as defendants.
The Arizona law is similar to legislation passed this year in Montana, Oregon and North Carolina and enacted last year in Hawaii.
The laws give dealers more control over who data in the DMS is shared with and also reins in the fees DMS companies charge for access to such data.
The lawsuit by CDK and Reynolds says that Arizona’s law was framed as helping consumers but was “drafted and pushed through by the Arizona Automobile Dealers Association.” The law puts consumer data at risk by allowing unlicensed third parties to access the DMS, the complaint claims. It also argues that the law is unconstitutional, conflicts with federal requirements protecting consumer privacy and DMS companies’ proprietary data, and is generally vague.