WTO obtains summary judgment for Mercedes-Benz USA
Fresno Motors v. Mercedes-Benz
(E.D. Cal. 2012)
On March 27, 2012, WTO obtained summary judgment in federal district court in California on behalf of Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) in a case involving MBUSA's exercise of its contractual right of first refusal to its Fresno dealer's sale of its dealership. The frustrated buyer, Fresno Motors, which alleged that MBUSA belatedly and unlawfully exercised its right of first refusal, brought claims against MBUSA of intentional interference with contract and prospective advantage, and violation of the California Unfair Competition Law and state dealer laws, as well as fraudulent concealment with respect to actions after MBUSA's exercise. In a published decision, the court dismissed all claims related to the exercise as a matter of law and, as to the fraudulent concealment claim, upon the undisputed facts.