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Auto Dealers Hail Court Ruling

Auto Dealers Association calls ruling a win for consumers and small businesses.

The New Hampshire Auto Dealers Association praised a court ruling this week rejecting a challenge to the Dealer Bill of Rights. 

John Deere and other equipment manufacturers sought an injunction to block provisions pertaining to farm equipment dealers, but a judge in Merrimack County Superior Court was unpersuaded.

"The court was swayed by the testimony of farmers and equipment dealers showing that the manufacturers’ actions have hurt consumers & producers," Pete McNamara, president of the New Hampshire Auto Dealers Association, said in a press release. "This is a win for consumers and small businesses. John 
Deere's constant strategy of intimidation failed to sway the courts just like it failed in the house and senate which almost unanimously endorsed the dealer bill of rights law."

NHADA said the state law provides what it calls common-sense protections for local business owners, such as "limits on mandatory upgrades to facilities, a buy local provision to save on expenses, and proper reimbursement for warranty work done by dealers." The law extended those provisions to construction and farm equipment.

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