According to a report in New Hampshire’s Union Leader newspaper, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal by John Deere and other manufacturers challenging the New Hampshire Auto Dealer Bill of Rights.
The state law gives New Hampshire dealerships some of the strongest protections in the country in their dealings with manufacturers. It applies to both auto manufacturers and heavy-equipment producers.
A lawsuit filed by Deere and other manufacturers 2013 was rejected in Merrimack County court, then the New Hampshire Supreme Court late in 2015. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to include it in the cases it will hear this month.
Pete McNamara, president of the New Hampshire Auto Dealers Association, said the Supreme Court’s decision should put an end to the legal challenge.
“Let’s hope that Deere and the other equipment manufacturers recognize this is a good and fair law and will not take further actions that would needlessly delay this law’s implementation, causing more harm to New Hampshire consumers and dealers,” McNamara said in a release.
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