What happens if your franchisor terminates your franchise or business is so lousy that you can't make a go of it, but you still have two, three or as many as ten more years to go on your commercial real estate lease? Well, that depends.
In California, unconscionability is still the battleground, but for how long?
Published on Sat, 04/20/2013 - 1:24pm
Dealers are under assault by consumers and employees who, in a still-recovering economy, too often use the court system as a bonanza to address their own economic troubles, unrelated to anything the dealer did or failed to do.
Today, the FTC announced that it has issued final amendments to the Alternative Fules Rule, consolidating the labels required on alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) with those required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), eliminating the need for two different labels and reducing the burden on manufacturers and used car dealers of complying with the rule.
Is there a real problem or is the CFPB just flexing its muscle?
Published on Sun, 03/31/2013 - 2:30pm
Last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a bulletin on what it perceives as the "potential for discriminatory pricing" caused by the policies of some indirect auto lenders that allow auto dealers to mark-up lender-established buy rates and that compensate dealers for those markups in the form of reserve.
Factory image programs have long been the bane of dealers' existence. It goes something like this: In the quest for effective branding to increase market share, manufacturers require their dealers to make periodic facilities upgrades.
On July 6, 2012, the President signed the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). This was the first multi-year transportation authorization since 2005 and funds surface transportation programs at over $105 billion for fiscal years 2013 and 2014. According to the Department of Transportation, it transforms the framework for investments to guide the growth and development of the country’s vital transportation infrastructure.
Privacy implications of vehicle-tracking technology
Published on Sun, 02/24/2013 - 3:57pm
I'm sure everyone has heard about the tussle (that's an understatement) between Elon Musk's Tesla Motors and the New York Times concerning that paper's negative review of the Tesla Model S. When Musk countered the review in his blog by citing information that the car gathered about where and how the Times reporter drove the Model S, as recorded by the car's "black box," he sparked a flaming debate about the information that our cars record. And, whether he meant to or not, he put the privacy implications of such recording technology at the forefront of public concern.