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Arbitration update: Chrysler dealers get to see their scores

by Bill Cawthon on

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Arthur Gonzalez has unsealed the performance score spreadsheets for about 250 former Chrysler dealers fighting their terminations in arbitration. They will also get to see the scores for the retained Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge dealerships to which they were compared.

The dealerships can use the spreadsheets as they prepare for their arbitration hearings. An attorney for some of the terminated dealerships said they intend to show Chrysler did not use the criteria it presented in its bankruptcy proceedings in making its selections.

In addition, Judge Gonzalez ordered that two dealers, Tarbox of North Kingstown, Rhode Island and Calisi, of Riverhead, New York, be given access to Chrysler e-mails describing the two dealerships as overly litigious.

Dealers’ attorney Leonard Bellavia had sought to have all the records made available to all the dealers, but Judge Gonzalez disagreed and limited distribution to only the dealers own evaluation and those of its closest geographical competitors.

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, 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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