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9th Circ. Keeps Drop Of Fiat Chrysler Rent Coercion Row

Law360 (September 25, 2018, 9:51 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday declined to overturn a decision ending a San Jose, California, Chrysler dealership's lawsuit against FCA US LLC alleging the automaker coerced it into paying increased rent, finding that the mutually agreed-upon lease permitted the actions in question.

In an unpublished, unanimous decision, the panel affirmed the decision by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh’s rejection of Mathew Enterprise Inc.’s allegations that Fiat Chrysler violated the Automobile Dealers' Day in Court Act and the California Vehicle Code and breached an implied good faith agreement by substantially increasing the dealership’s rent after it declined to renovate, and then by rejecting...

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