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FCA asks for altered-lawsuit dismissal

by Bill Cawthon on

Late yesterday afternoon, FCA US filed a court motion to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the automaker of bribing dealers to inflate sales.  As reported by Allpar in January, it had been filed by the Napleton Automotive Group of Westmont, Illinois, which claimed that FCA managers wanted the dealership to report false sales, then back them out after the month had closed.


An amended suit was filed earlier this month adding five other Napleton Group dealerships to the list of plaintiffs. No dealerships owned by other companies have joined in.

According to Automotive News Larry Vellequette, FCA said that the lawsuit was filed in retaliation after Arlington Heights Motors had failed to meet its sales numbers. Mr. Vellequette noted that the facts had changed somewhat between Napleton’s first press release and their actual lawsuit filing, two months later.


Mr. Vellequette’s article can be read here.

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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