Volvo Dealer Bonus Program Not Discriminatory, Judge Rules

Law360, New York (August 25, 2016, 6:42 PM EDT) -- An Ohio federal judge ruled Thursday that Volvo’s North American division made its dealer incentive program available to all of its franchises, rejecting a suburban Columbus dealership’s claims that Volvo implemented a discriminatory pricing scheme by unevenly paying bonuses to different dealerships.

U.S. District Judge George C. Smith granted summary judgment to Volvo Cars of North America LLC, finding that the automaker made its so-called facility investment initiative, or FII —  a program offering bonus payouts to dealers whose facilities meet certain branding and design standards verified by Volvo — “functionally available” to all of its dealerships and did not implement...

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