Terminated Dealers’ Legal Fight ‘Unique’

It is billed as a one-of-a-kind legal issue, but as with many court proceedings it is becoming one thing after another. The issue centers on suits filed by Chrysler and General Motors dealers who lost their franchises in 2009. They contend their constitutional rights were violated when the auto makers dropped retailers as part of…

Dealers win challenge in Chrysler suit

Two rejected Chrysler dealerships that won their arbitration cases in 2010 are closer to a trial date in their lawsuit against the automaker. In a March 9 ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Leonard Wexler denied a Chrysler motion seeking dismissal of the dealerships’ complaint. He told the parties to file their pretrial orders. Leonard Bellavia,…

Bellavia’s Chrysler Lawsuit to Proceed

The auto industry’s bailout may have been put in reverse after a judge ruled that 75 terminated Chrysler dealers have the right to sue the United States Treasury for violating their Fifth Amendment rights. The dealers, all represented by Leonard Bellavia of Bay Shore-based Bellavia Gentile & Associates, had their property seized as part of…

Saab’s U.S. Arm Will Be Liquidated

The administrator handling Saab Cars North America’s finances told creditors last week that the company will be liquidated. “We notified creditors that it is our opinion that there is no way to salvage the company,” said Jim McTevia, of McTevia & Associates, the administrator appointed to operate the U.S. distribution arm. Parent company Saab Automobile…

Press Release

Over 140 of the 188 Saab dealers nationwide have retained the law firm of Bellavia Gentile & Associates, LLP, to represent the dealers in their claims against Saab Cars, N.A., a subsidiary of the Swedish car manufacturer, Saab Automobiles. Saab Automobiles filed for Bankruptcy in Sweden on December 19, 2011. “Saab dealers are owed substantial amounts from…

Press Release

Attorney Leonard A. Bellavia has dedicated his career to fighting for the rights of US automobile dealers and franchise owners.  Now, he wants to take that fight to the US Treasury Department – who Bellavia believes participated in legal misconduct by ordering the closing of 789 Chrysler Dealerships as part of the Chrysler Bankruptcy in…