Supply Chain Management

Deere, other manufacturers take fight over NH law to Supreme Court

By USA Today

Mar 07, 2016

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Lawyers for Deere & Co. and other farm and heavy equipment companies are taking their case against a law that they contend interferes with contracts between them and their dealers to the U.S. Supreme Court.

New Hampshire’s Auto Dealers Bill of Rights law, signed by Gov. Maggie Hassan in 2013, was expanded to include manufacturers of tractors and yard and garden equipment. Hassan said it leveled the playing field between manufacturers and dealers, but a judge barred it from taking effect after Deere and others filed suit.

“The equipment industry does not operate in the same way as the motor vehicle industry,” lawyers for the manufacturers wrote. “It sells different products for different uses to different individuals and entities, and it contracts differently with its distributors and dealers.”

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