Won affirmation for Chrysler before the California Court of Appeals in an opinion that established favorable precedent for manufacturers operating in California. The Court affirmed a trial court's complete dismissal of claims against Chrysler for rejecting a prospective dealership purchaser.
Larry Menke, Inc. v. DaimlerChrysler Motors Co., 90 Cal. Rptr. 3d 389 (2009)
The prospective transferee of a Dodge dealership sought to hold Chrysler liable for damages for refusing to approve the proposed transfer. The trial court granted Chrysler's demurrer, dismissing the suit in its entirety, including finding that the prospective transferee had no standing to sue under the California dealer act. The California Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court. This opinion established an important precedent favorable to manufacturers doing business in California.