Accusing a cross-town rival of influencing Chrysler to shut down its business so they could acquire the customers, Florida's Monarch Dodge has filed a civil suit against Massey-Yardley Dodge. The two Sunshine State dealerships will meet in court to determine whether Massey-Yardley Dodge contacted Monarch Dodge employees with job offers – before Chrysler LLC had announced its closure list. The suit alleges that Massey-Yardley and its "agents engaged in a campaign with agents of Chrysler LLC to acquire Monarch" while actively convincing the bankrupt automaker to close the Lauderdale Lakes dealership.

Regardless of the pending litigation, Monarch Dodge joins hundreds of other dealerships still coming to terms with their closures. Not only is Monarch the only new car dealer in the small city (employing 67 people), but it says it has consistently ranked as the ninth most profitable out of 26 dealers in South Florida. To bolster its cause, the 35-year-old dealership is rallying local support among the community and may even appeal to Congress. Thanks for the tip, Mike!

[Source: TCPalm]

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