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Hyundai Launches New Shopper Assurance Program

October 13, 2017 — Hyundai Motor America last week unveiled its Shopper Assurance program – what the company calls an industry-first nationwide program that streamlines and modernizes the car-buying experience. The key elements of Shopper Assurance are intended to align with auto consumers’ major pain points: transparent pricing; flexible test drives; streamlined purchases; and a three-day… Continue Reading

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Top Dealer Files Explosive Lawsuits Against BMW, Audi

September 7, 2017 —  Several dealerships owned by the Braman Automotive Group filed three lawsuits this week against Audi and BMW in federal court alleging their business practices drive down dealership profit margins while coercing them to give up control of their businesses. Two of the lawsuits also include Terry Rhodes, Florida’s Executive Director of…

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Court Stays Injunction for Reynolds & CDK; Expedites Appeals Process — Why It’s Important

August 9, 2017 —  After seemingly being dominated in the early stages in the antitrust lawsuit filed by Authenticom in May, Reynolds and Reynolds and CDK Global have clawed back to what can be described as a tie. The Seventh District Court of Appeals yesterday granted the two technology firms a stay of the preliminary…

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Stunning Downfall of a Manhattan Automotive Empire

Stunning Downfall of a Manhattan Automotive Empire

August 7, 2017 — Less than a year ago, Gary Flom was building an automotive empire consisting of eight dealerships in the heart of New York City with plans to sell more than $600 million worth of vehicles this year. Today, that empire is in tatters, due to a frenetic growth pace railroaded by a bitter…

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A Stay of Injunction & a FTC Investigation

A Stay of Injunction & a FTC Investigation

August 1, 2017 — Good news and bad news today on the antitrust front for CDK Global and Reynolds Reynolds. First, in the lawsuit filed by Authenticom, Judge James Peterson of the Wisconsin district court issued a temporary seven-day stay this afternoon of the preliminary injunction he granted Authenticom on Friday to give the appeals…

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injunction Order in Antitrust Trial is a Victory for Authenticom but the Devil is in the Details

injunction Order in Antitrust Trial is a Victory for Authenticom but the Devil is in the Details

July 30, 2017 — It is only a preliminary injunction, but the order issued by Judge James Peterson on Friday in the antitrust lawsuit pitting Authenticom against defendants Reynolds and Reynolds and CDK Global appears to have handed the plaintiff a significant victory. Authenticom is calling it a “stunning victory.” The order does grant Authenticom…

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Authenticom Wins Preliminary Injunction in Reynolds, CDK Antitrust Lawsuit – What Does It Mean?

Authenticom Wins Preliminary Injunction in Reynolds, CDK Antitrust Lawsuit – What Does It Mean?

July 14, 2017 — BREAKING NEWS — Authenticom today won its request for an emergency preliminary injunction forcing Reynolds and Reynolds and CDK Global to allow it access to their dealer management systems during the course of the antitrust litigation. Authenticom sued Reynolds and CDK in May alleging the two technology firms engaged in antitrust…

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CDK’s Acquisition of AutoMate – Bold Move for Investors; for Dealers, Jury is Still Out

CDK’s Acquisition of AutoMate – Bold Move for Investors; for Dealers, Jury is Still Out

June 4, 2017 — CDK Global’s pending acquisition of competitor Auto/Mate is a brilliant deal that should make investors happy. With only 1,300 or so dealerships in play and a price tag that won’t dent the bottom line (although Auto/Mate will get a nice multiple) it isn’t that big of a deal on the surface.…

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Latest Moves Align AutoNation’s Executive Team With Its Strategic Initiatives

Latest Moves Align AutoNation’s Executive Team With Its Strategic Initiatives

June 1, 2017 — AutoNation named Lance Iserman as its new Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Sales yesterday. Iserman’s appointment is the latest in a series of executive moves by Chairman and CEO Mike Jackson designed to better position AutoNation for the future as it moves forward with new strategic initiatives to extend… Continue Reading