Mercedes, Others Must Pay $136M In Dealership Fraud Suit

By Natalie Rodriguez (February 19, 2013, 4:52 PM EST) -- A Texas state court jury on Friday put Mercedes-Benz USA LLC and several Texas affiliates on the hook for $136 million over claims that they defrauded a dealership buyer into thinking he could relocate the business to a more profitable part of the state.

The jury, after a two-week trial, found that the auto giant, a regional franchise manager and two representatives wrongfully had defrauded Renato Cardenas Sr. of Carduco Inc. into shelling out $7 million for a Harlingen, Texas, dealership that he had been led to believe could be moved to McAllen. Cardenas alleged the defendants knowingly had concealed a...

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