Some Mercury dealers still fighting with the Ford over termination offers

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 1, 2012

There still are a few dealerships that have yet to sign the termination agreements related to the discontinuation of the Mercury brand by Ford Motor Co. It has been over two years ago since Ford announced the demise of Mercury. Last July, about 98% of dealerships had signed while 31 dealerships were unresolved, according to Autonews.

Ford said that so far, around 99% from a total of 1,712 Mercury dealerships that operated at the time of Ford's June 2010 Mercury announcement have signed termination deals. Ford declined to give the exact number of dealerships that haven’t signed, except to say that there is “just a handful in some version of dispute resolution with the company.” Kevin Cour, Lincoln's sales and service manager, said that the company is hoping to move forward already.

The dealerships that haven’t signed the termination agreements have a problem with the unsatisfactory settlement offers. As of last summer, three of at least four federal lawsuits against Ford were settled. The latest settlement occurred in May, with Francis Scott Key L-M Inc. in Frederick, Md., agreeing to the settlement. This was confirmed by Pete Adcock, who owns Francis Scott Key. However, he didn’t provide details because a confidentiality agreement was part of the settlement.

In late May, Forrester Lincoln-Mercury of Chambersburg, Pa., Ford had filed a motion in court to enforce a settlement agreement it claimed had been entered with the plaintiff.

However, Richard Sox, a Florida lawyer who represented Forrester, said that that Ford is hoping to avoid an unfavorable decision by the court. He said that Ford's settlement enforcement request was filed immediately after the judge decided against Ford’s motion to throw out the lawsuit. Sox said that no settlement was reached. Rather, there were preliminary talks and Ford is now working to achieve an “enforceable settlement."

Topics: mercury, dealer, ford

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Login or Create new account to add a comment!

Recommended

The highlight of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show may be based on some of these keywords---connectivity, integration and partnership. Just like in the previous year, you’ve probably heard and read...
by - January 16, 2017
Less than three weeks to go and the Super Bowl LI – one of the most awaited and most watched sports events in television – will commence on February 5,...
by - January 16, 2017
New Tesla vehicles will have to pay when charging at any of the carmaker’s Supercharger stations once they exceed their annual limits. This comes as Tesla Motors announced revisions in...
by - January 16, 2017
Off-road driving with an open air vehicle provides another kind of experience for many off-road enthusiasts and fans. For this sake, Ford is planning to offer a version of the...
by - January 16, 2017
For those who love driving, future autonomous cars should be like the Toyota Concept-i that is drawing in a multitude of visitors at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las...
by - January 15, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries