When adversity strikes, what else is there to do but unleash legislative changes and legal challenges to and fro like archers' arrows? Recent alterations to dealer laws in Oregon, Maine, North Carolina and Illinois contradict bankruptcy code and are unconstitutional. The new laws allow the states to block Chryser from granting a new franchise or relocating an existing dealership into a market once belonging to a rejected dealer.
In response, Chrysler has fired off a lawsuit in Manhattan bankruptcy court naming eight parties as defendants, including the Oregon Attorney General, secretaries of state in Maine and Illinois, and other transportation officials. The filing argues that the laws being contested would force Chrysler to give consideration to the dealers for rights that they do not have, and furthermore, the dealer rejections were approved as part of the sale to Fiat.
[Source: The Detroit News]