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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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Antitrust Lawsuit Update — Reynolds and Reynolds Hit with Third Lawsuit

September 5, 2017 — The lawsuits are piling up and more are on the way. Late last month, Superior Integrated Solutions (SIS), owner of Darwin Automotive, became the third dealership vendor to file a lawsuit against Reynolds and Reynolds since February alleging anti-competitive practices. At issue are the policies and practices Reynolds and CDK Global…

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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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Update – Round One to Authenticom in Antitrust Lawsuit

May 22, 2017 — The court today denied motions filed by CDK Global and Reynolds and Reynolds on Friday afternoon requesting dismissal of Authenticom’s request for a preliminary injunction hearing in the antitrust lawsuit it recently filed. Both defendants cited Authenticom’s nearly two-year delay in filing the lawsuit and request for the preliminary injunction. They also cited… Continue Reading

Authenticom Asks for Preliminary Injunction; Lands Big Time Expert Witness in Antitrust Suit Against Reynolds, CDK

Authenticom Asks for Preliminary Injunction; Lands Big Time Expert Witness in Antitrust Suit Against Reynolds, CDK

May 19, 2017 — Late yesterday afternoon, data services provider Authenticom filed a motion in its antitrust lawsuit against Reynolds and Reynolds and CDK Global, seeking a preliminary injunction. TBR wrote about the pending request last week. The lawsuit alleges the dealer management system providers conspired in 2015 to force Authenticom and other data integration competitors out of… Continue Reading

Berkshire Bill Dead in Texas?

Berkshire Bill Dead in Texas?

May 18, 2017 — According to an article in The Texas Tribune this week, legislation dubbed the “Buffett Bill” that would allow Berkshire Automotive to keep selling vehicles in Texas is dead. Fierce opposition from Tea Party activists and environmental groups (yes, politics still can make strange bedfellows) forced Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to pull the legislation… Continue Reading