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Represented successfully an automobile manufacturer in litigation against a former operator of a dealer development dealership alleging improper termination and claiming entitlement to the protections of the state dealer act.

ClientFord Motor Company
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Represented an automobile manufacturer in litigation against a former operator of a dealer development dealership. The former operator filed a complaint with a state motor vehicle commission alleging improper termination and claiming to be a “dealer” entitled to the protections of the state dealer act. We filed a federal court action against the operator, under the Federal Arbitration Act, on behalf of the manufacturer to enforce the arbitration provision in the dealer development agreement. The district court agreed with us and ordered the former operator to arbitration. The operator did not comply and continued to press his claims before the state agency. After multiple appeals and a contempt finding, the district court decision was upheld and the state agency proceeding was dismissed.
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