N.H. dealer bill of rights survives challenge from farm industry

Publish Date: 
Apr 18, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. - A Merrimack County judge has rejected a request for a permanent injunction to prevent the Dealer Bill of Rights law from taking effect.

The amendment to the existing law, passed overwhelmingly by state lawmakers and signed by Gov. Maggie Hassan in June 2013, faced a challenge from farm equipment manufacturers who claimed their products should be exempt from the changes, which apply to auto, powersports and truck dealers.

John Deere and other equipment manufacturers filed a lawsuit last September.

"This is a win for consumers and small businesses. John Deere's constant strategy of intimidation failed to sway the courts just like it failed in the House and Senate, which almost unanimously endorsed the Dealer Bill of Rights law,” said Pete McNamara, New Hampshire Auto Dealers Association president. The group also represents powersports dealers in the state.

The amended law limits mandatory upgrades to facilities, includes a buy-local provision to save dealers expenses, and sets out proper reimbursement for warranty work done by dealers.