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Sep 10, 2015 11:25 AM

John Deere appeals inclusion in auto dealer protection law

The Associated Press

CONCORD — John Deere and other farm and heavy equipment manufacturers argue that a law looping them into protections designed for automobile and truck dealers unconstitutionally interferes with their existing and future contracts with dealers.

Lawyers for John Deere and the state face off Thursday before the New Hampshire Supreme Court over the so-called Auto Dealers Bill of Rights law.

The law was set to go into effect in September of 2013, but a judge put it on hold pending resolution of the appeal by John Deere and others. The law regulates business practices between manufacturers and dealers and expands the law to include tractors and forest, farm and garden equipment.

Lawyers for Deere and others say the law's competition clauses could delay and discourage opening additional dealerships.


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