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Obtained a rare reversal of certiorari from the Colorado Supreme Court in a high-stakes dealer relocation dispute for GM.

West Colorado Motors (AutoNation) v. General Motors et. al. (Colo. Sup. Ct. 2017)

WTO attorneys obtained a rare reversal of certiorari from the Colorado Supreme Court in an important dealer relocation dispute for GM. The plaintiff, a competing car dealer, sued GM in 2014 over a GM dealer relocation that threatened the plaintiff's business. WTO won dismissal from the trial court in 2014 and won unanimous affirmation from the Colorado Court of Appeals in 2016. The plaintiff petitioned the Colorado Supreme Court for certiorari, which the Court granted.

After the Colorado Supreme Court accepted the case, lawmakers amended aspects of the statute that arguably modified the question pending on certiorari. WTO attorneys caught this minor legislative change and suggested that GM file a motion to deny certiorari as improvidently granted. WTO also encouraged GM’s co-defendants to join the motion. The court agreed with WTO’s motion and reversed certiorari, delivering a win for our client and paving the way for GM's dealer to relocate as desired.

Obtained a rare reversal of certiorari from the Colorado Supreme Court in a high-stakes dealer relocation dispute for GM.