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“Punching” Sales Practice Under Fire from Maserati Dealer

September 3, 2015 — Last Friday, Stuart Hayim, owner of Recovery Racing, a group that owns Maserati and other luxury franchises in New York, New Jersey and Florida, filed a $200 million lawsuit against Maserati North America alleging the automaker forced dealers to participate in discriminatory incentive and sales programs designed to prop up sales numbers… Continue Reading

Can TrueCar Rebound from its Tough 2nd Quarter?

Can TrueCar Rebound from its Tough 2nd Quarter?

July 31, 2015 — The first six months of 2015 have not been kind to TrueCar. The stock price, which was just under $23 on December 31, is now trading below $7. The question is, can the company rebound? The challenges seem to be piling up — multiple lawsuits; a significant second quarter earnings miss;…

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TrueCar Settles — Wins — Legal Dispute with Sonic Automotive

July 29, 2015 — One lawsuit down, several more to go. In what is some much needed good news for online car buying platform TrueCar,  it announces it has reached a settlement with Sonic Automotive in a trademark dispute dating back to August 2013. The Banks Report first reported the dispute in September 2013 (TrueCar… Continue Reading

Investor Sues to Stop Dealertrack Acquisition

Investor Sues to Stop Dealertrack Acquisition

July 7, 2015 — An investor in Dealertrack filed a lawsuit yesterday afternoon seeking to stop Cox Enterprise’s $4 billion acquisition of the Long Island, NY-based technology firm contending the deal prohibits investors from participating in Dealertrack’s projected growth while providing executives with golden parachutes. The suit claims the agreement is the “culmination of a…

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FCA Australia Scandal Reaches U.S.

  June 6, 2015 — An erupting scandal involving former Fiat Chrysler  and Mercedes Benz executives in Australia snags website provider MotorTrak and potentially threatens its business globally while raising questions about its deal to provide websites to Mercedes Benz retailers in the U.S.  For the last week, media outlets in Australia and New Zealand have been… Continue Reading

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TrueCar’s Lawsuits – Just Noise or Something More?

May 27, 2015 — UPDATED: First it was non-dealer customers, then it was its dealer customers in California suing TrueCar — now its investors have filed a lawsuit against the online vehicle shopping site. Is it just noise or do the lawsuits indicate a deeper problem for TrueCar?   Following last week’s announcement that the California New Car…

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TBR Daily Update — Ports Slowdown Affecting Automakers; Berkshire Hathaway Acquisition of Van Tuyl to Close this Week? Mass Action Lawsuit Against TrueCar?

February 16, 2015 — Ports Slowdown Affecting Automakers; Berkshire Hathaway Acquisition of Van Tuyl to Close this Week? Mass Action Lawsuit Against TrueCar? Ports Slowdown Affecting Automakers Several automakers are taking steps to offset a looming parts shortage caused by a contract dispute between dockworkers and shipping companies at 29 West Coast ports. Following nine months…

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Hyundai and Subaru in Lawsuits Against Dealers

February 13, 2015 — In a lawsuit you don’t see every day, Hyundai is suing a Chevrolet store for importing parts and selling them to its dealers in the U.S. Meanwhile, Subaru filed a lawsuit against one of its California dealers for falsifying customer service surveys. Wonder how long before that store is on the…

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