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Won Sixth Circuit opinion for FCA addressing a federal preemption question arising out of the 2010 Chrysler bankruptcy.

FCA v. Spitzer Autoworld Akron, 17-1161 (Sixth Cir. 2018)

Following eight years of litigation dating back to the Chrysler bankruptcy in 2010, WTO President Hugh Gottschalk won a significant victory for FCA in the Sixth Circuit. The Court adopted Gottschalk's argument in full that existing Ohio laws governing the establishment of automobile dealers are not preempted by Section 747 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act passed by Congress in 2010.

Gottschalk and WTO defended Chrysler in the underlying arbitration and a related case in the Sixth Circuit.

Argued and won for FCA (fka Chrysler) in the Sixth Circuit in a case involving the question of whether federal legislation enacted following the Chrysler bankruptcy preempted Ohio state dealer laws.
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