States Of Play: The Dealer Rebellion

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

Automotive News [sub] reports that GM’s dealers will have recourse in state courts for claims involving product-liability, warranties, compliance with lemon laws, privacy/no call laws, and environmental and tax laws. Termination disputes are to be handled by GM’s bankruptcy court, however. “We didn’t get everything we wanted,” admits Colorado Attorney General John Suthers. “But the new GM will be fully subject to state regulation.” Suthers and Nebraska AG Jon Bruning negotiated the agreement with GM on behalf of 43 other states. Already-culled dealers are the virgins in the volcano, unless their The Automobile Dealer Economic Rights Restoration Act of 2009 passes. But The General is still alive, and the dealers that survived the cull still have to do business with it. Or at least sue it. Some must die that others may live and litigate.

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