Yesterday, a pair of dealerships filed a lawsuit against the automaker, accusing it of civil racketeering. The two dealerships allege that FCA offered them compensation to falsely report sales figures in order to boost total units sold in the country.
With little surprise, FCA has released a rebuttal denying the allegations, claiming that they are false reports and adding that “the plaintiffs have refused to substantiate their claims.” The company said that it has already carried out an investigation of the facts and found that the allegations “are baseless and plaintiffs were notified of this fact before they filed suit.”
According to FCA, the dealers are disgruntled and have failed to perform their obligations under the dealer agreements they signed with the automaker. “They have consistently failed to perform since at least 2012, and have also used the threats of litigation over the last several months in a wrongful attempt to compel FCA US to reserve special treatment for them, including the allocation of additional open points in the US FCA network,” the company said in a statement.
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