AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO., INC. v. THE TENNESSEE MOTOR VEHICLE COMMISSION, ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Landry Butler on Nov 1, 2016

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

David A. Changas, Nashville, Tennessee; and Bill M. Donley, Pro Hac Vice, and J. Keith Russell, Pro Hac Vice, Houston, Texas, for the appellant, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery, III, Attorney General and Reporter; Andre´e Sophia Blumstein, Solicitor General; and Mary Ellen Knack, Senior Counsel, for the appellee, Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission.

James W. Cameron, III, and Patrick W. Merkel, Brentwood, Tennessee; and James D. Culp, Johnson City, Tennessee, for the appellee, Jim's Motorcycle Sales of Johnson City, Inc.

Judge(s): BENNETT

American Honda wanted to establish a new motorcycle dealership in Kingsport, Tennessee and notified the current dealerships of this intent. Jim's Motorcycle, located in Johnson City, filed a notice of protest with the Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission, and a hearing was held in accordance with Tenn. Code Ann. § 55-17-114(c)(20). The Commission determined that the Kingsport area was within the relevant market area of Jim's Motorcycle and ruled that American Honda was not authorized to establish a new dealership in Kingsport. American Honda appealed, and we affirm the Commission's ruling.