The end of a legal challenge to a state law in Arizona that gives auto retailers more control of data inside their dealership management systems could be the start of more legislation in other states. Now that the Arizona statute has survived a legal test, it could become a template for similar efforts in other states, state dealer association leaders told Automotive News.
"Is there interest from other states in this? Yes. Could they be taking it up over the next few years? Yes, I believe that's likely," said Scott Lambert, president of the Minnesota Automobile Dealers Association and the 2021 chairman of the Automotive Trade Association Executives.
"A lot of people were waiting to see what the federal court did with the lawsuit, and the decisions were clearly in favor of the law and the dealers' protections that it provides," he said.