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First there were widespread dealership closings by General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC as part of their post-bankruptcy reorganization plans. Then there were dealership-auto maker arbitration hearings ordered by the U.S. Congress after many dealers complained about the shutdowns. Now come post-arbitration lawsuits by dealers in federal and state courts. They mainly target Chrysler,…

Some Dealers Savor Arbitration Wins, But Concerns Linger

Chrysler Group LLC won a large majority of cases appearing before arbitrators in American Arbitration Assn. hearings. But in a number of dealer wins, arbitrators looked beyond Chrysler and General Motors Co.’s post-bankruptcy business cases for restructuring their dealer networks. Considerations of the public interest weighed heavily when an arbitrator in Eagle Auto Mall’s termination…

Chrysler sued by 4 more stores that won in arbitration

Dealers claim they received ‘unreasonable’ letters of intent WASHINGTON — Chrysler Group was sued today by four rejected dealerships, which claim that they received “unreasonable and unconscionable” letters of intent after prevailing in arbitration. The lawsuit raises to nine the number of plaintiffs making such a claim against the automaker. The joint suit filed in…

Chrysler Dealers Find Barriers to Re-entry

After a year of fighting Chrysler’s decision to cast aside his dealership, Jim Bickford expected to be back running Westminster Dodge, the only Chrysler franchise in Boston. An arbitrator last month declared the dealership “a proven performer, with an experienced, enthusiastic and competent management team, which has earned the right to continue.” But Mr. Bickford…

Handful of Dealers Savor Arbitration Victories

As the clock winds down, Chrysler Group LLC still is winning in a large majority of cases appearing before arbitrators in American Arbitration Assn. hearings. The scoreboard: Chrysler 71, dealers 31. Chrysler says seven decisions are pending. Final numbers are expected by the end of July. But in a number of dealer wins, arbitrators looked…