As Ward's Automotive points out, the Blue Oval decided to cut off Mercury in Canada before the turn of the century, and over 100 dealers promptly filed a class-action lawsuit. Ford settled the suit for $48 million, and 80 retail outlets took their portion of the money and closed their doors for good. The remaining dealerships partnered with existing Ford stores.
The situation could be a bit different this time around, as Ford is providing what it calls a "fair and reasonable" compensation package for its dealers. Ford claims that it intends to expand the Lincoln lineup to help make up for lost volume.
[Source: Ward's Automotive | Image: Justin Sullivan/Getty]