Back in June of 2009, Chrysler terminated relationships with 789 dealerships
in an effort to cut its dealer
network down by 25 percent. A few of those dealerships
didn't think too highly of the move, which was orchestrated in part by the federal government. As a result, 64 former Chrysler
franchisees have reportedly filed a suit against the United States Treasury and are seeking at least $130 million in damages.
Was the move to terminate these dealerships a violation of the U.S. Constitution? According to the lawsuit, the automotive task force
violated the Fifth Amendment, which essentially states that property cannot be taken away and used for public purposes without adequate compensation.
[Source: Automotive News
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