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Thursday, 13 October 2016

US: California jury clears FCA of price discrimination between dealers

Law360 reports that a jury in a federal court in California has found that Chrysler (as was) did not violate federal antitrust laws by offering better incentives to some dealers. The case, in which it claimed $1.7 million, had been brought by a dealer in San Jose, and some three years of litigation was disposed of by the jury in just a day.

The remarkable thing about this, to my mind, isn't so much the outcome as the fact that a dealer would even bring a claim in the first place. It's not something you see very often in Europe. Also interesting to note that it was a federal antitrust law case, not a claim under the often very protective laws governing dealer-manufacturer relations at state level.

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