Mahindra still embroiled in legal dispute, U.S. pickup hopes not looking good

View 13 Photos reports that – surprise, surprise – it may be a very, very long time before we seen the Mahindra T20 and T40 pickup truck on our shores. The Indian automaker has found itself at the center of a legal tempest after its U.S. distributor, Global Vehicles USA, filed suit alleging breach of contract. An arbitration panel in the UK then claimed sole jurisdiction over any dispute against the two, and Global Vehicles agreed to drop the lawsuit to take its case to the arbiters. Mahindra and Global Vehicles presented their arguments back in August, and while a ruling was expected to surfaces by November, the arbiters have remained quiet on the case.

Global Vehicles has since found itself on the raw end of a class action lawsuit with the company's network of more than 350 dealers alleging that they've spent over $60 million in dealership rights and capital improvements. Those dealers are now seeking compensation for breach of contract among other offenses. The plaintiffs want a jury trial on the matter.

It may be years before that case wraps up, which means we may never actually see the Mahindra T Series on our shores. Still, given that the truck returns such disappointing fuel economy, that may not be such a bad thing.

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