NH's New Law Of Unintended Consequences

Law360, New York (November 8, 2013, 11:25 AM EST) -- In most states, franchised dealers of motor vehicles have long been granted far more statutory “protections” from their suppliers than have franchisees, dealers and distributors in other industries. New Hampshire recently became the first state in the nation to expand the definition of “motor vehicles” for purposes of its dealer franchise statute.

Effective Sept. 23, 2013, the statutory definition of “motor vehicles” now includes (1) tractors, (2) farm implements, (3) construction, industrial and forestry equipment, and (4) lawn and garden equipment. To qualify as “motor vehicles,”...
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