Westlake Financial Prevails in Patent Dispute with Credit Acceptance Corp.

Westlake Financial Prevails in Patent Dispute with Credit Acceptance Corp.

January 28, 2016 — The nearly three-year patent dispute between Westlake Financial and the Credit Acceptance Corporation is finally over. And the news wasn’t good for CAC as the Patent Trial and Review Board ruled this week that several claims it makes regarding the disputed patent fall under the Cover Business Method (CBM) classification, essentially…

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CDK & Cox Sign Integration Agreement

CDK & Cox Sign Integration Agreement

January 15, 2016 — Following several months of negotiations, Cox Automotive and CDK Global finally signed an agreement today securing Cox’s participation in CDK’s Third-Party Access (3PA) Program. The agreementt should eliminate any uncertainty in the market about whether Cox’s solutions would be able to integrate with CDK’s dealer management systems (DMS). The agreement also standardizes… Continue Reading

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TBR 2015 Auto Retail Vendor Acquisition Report

January 14, 2016 — Vendor acquisition activity in 2015 was brisk with 30 transactions getting across the finish line. But even though the number of acquisitions doubled what the industry saw in 2014, the total dollar figure was significantly less in 2015. More than $30 billion in equity changed hands in 2014 as several deals…

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A New Digital Land Grab Coming to Automotive

December 1, 2015 — Industry-specific domain extensions are coming to the automotive industry next week and could create a digital land grab reminiscent of the Oklahoma land rush in 1889. Cars Registry Ltd, a joint venture between XYZ and Uniregistry,  which owns and operates the new extensions, is making the domains, .cars, .car and .auto available for purchase… Continue Reading

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HGGC Acquires Third Automotive Firm

November 30, 2015 — The Banks Report has learned that private investment firm HGGC has just completed an acquisition of a third company in the automotive retail industry. The announcement should come in the next couple of days. HGGC, owned by Steve Young, a former NFL quarterback who was elected to the Hall of Fame, currently manages…

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J.D. Power on the Market  – Who are the Potential Buyers?

J.D. Power on the Market – Who are the Potential Buyers?

November 2, 2015 — It’s been 10 years since the McGraw-Hill Companies acquired J.D. Power and Associates for nearly $400 million. Now, according to media reports late last week, McGraw-Hill is exploring strategic alternatives for the market research firm and could command as much as $1 billion for a sale. J.D. Power generates about $265 million in…

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