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Chrysler wins first arbitration hearing

by Bill Cawthon on

On the first anniversary of its predecessor’s bankruptcy filing, Chrysler Group LLC won the first of hundreds of arbitration cases as its termination of Joe Kidd’s Dodge franchise in Cincinnati was upheld.

According to Tom James, general manager of the dealership, the arbitrator sided with Chrysler’s Genesis plan to unite all four brands under one roof. Kidd’s franchise was given to another nearby dealership.

Chrysler LLC terminated 789 dealers as part of its bankruptcy reorganization. Following the passage of a new federal law, hundreds of those dealers have filed to have their cases heard by an independent arbitrator.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.


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