WTO wins no-standing ruling in administrative proceeding
Des Moines Chrysler v. Department of Transportation Office of Vehicle Services
(Iowa DIA 2009)
Related to our client's establishment of a Dodge and Jeep vehicle dealership, a nearby Chrysler vehicle dealer sought the protections of Iowa's motor vehicle dealer law that permits same line-make dealers to protest an establishment within their community. In an administrative proceeding, the administrative law judge determined that although Chrysler and Dodge vehicles are manufactured by the same original equipment manufacturer, and some Dodge and Chrysler vehicles appear similar and share the same platform, Chrysler-brand vehicles are not the same line-make as Jeep-brand or Dodge-brand vehicles. Thus, the Chrysler-brand vehicle dealer had no standing to protest.