BREAKING: NH Auto Dealers Score A Supreme Court Victory
(Concord, NH) - The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the New Hampshire Dealer Bill of Rights, ending a three-year battle against John Deere, which had challenged the law.
The High Court today rejected John Deere's request to overturn the 2013 State law. The court did not add the appeal to the list of cases scheduled to be heard in the October term.
“With this final strike out, there is no October for Deere, and no more legal maneuvers to force on local dealers,” said Pete McNamara, President of the NH Auto Dealers Association. “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.”
The Court’s rejection of Deere marks the end of 3 year legal saga. In 2013, the NH Legislature overwhelmingly passed SB126 which merged a long standing equipment law into the NH Dealer Bill of Rights (RSA 357-C). Deere and other equipment manufacturers challenged the law almost immediately. New Hampshire’s Superior court and the NH Supreme Court both upheld the changes to the law, calling it constitutional. The changes went into effect in December of 2015 when the US Supreme court rejected Deere’s request to put it on hold.