US Supreme Court Upholds NH’S Dealer Bill



Liverpool, NY– On Monday, October 3, 2016, the United States Supreme Court denied the request filed by a group of manufacturers to review and overturn New Hampshire’s dealer protection law which was passed and signed into law in 2013.

The law, known as the “Dealer Bill of Rights,” was subject to numerous legal appeals by manufacturers at the state and appellate court levels. Earlier in 2016, the New Hampshire Supreme Court sided with the dealers. The manufacturers then sought review by the United States Supreme Court, who have now denied this request.  The Northeast Equipment Dealers Association’s (NEDA) staff and dealers were instrumental in the passage of this legislation and are very pleased with the Supreme Court’s decision. The Court’s refusal to hear the matter means that the manufacturers are out of legal challenges and that all parties in New Hampshire must abide by the Bill of Rights’ terms.

Ralph Gaiss, CEO of NEDA, expressed excitement and optimism as a result of the Supreme Court’s decision, “This has been a long and difficult process for NEDA dealers in New Hampshire and for our colleagues at the New Hampshire Auto Dealers Association. Working together, our associations have now accomplished this important goal. We are very happy to know that dealers will now be given the legal protections they are entitled to under the Bill of Rights without the threat of ongoing challenges to the law’s validity. Our goal now is for everyone in the industry to move forward in a positive and mutually beneficial environment.”

About NEDA: The Northeast Equipment Dealers Association represents over 450 agricultural, industrial, rental and outdoor power equipment dealers in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. The NEDA mission is to promote the general welfare of equipment dealer members by supporting favorable legislation and reducing their cost of doing business. This means that we address issues affecting equipment dealers outside of their normal day-to-day business activities with their customers.

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