Two new lawsuits related to professional conduct have been filed against Ohio dealer Tom Ganley, a candidate for Congress. Ganley is a 67-year old Republican who sits on the National Automobile Dealers Association board. He is contesting the suits filed against him.
One of the suits is from his in-house lawyer of 25 years, Russell Harris, who claims he was fired after confronting Ganley about his testimony in arbitration last spring. Ganley had testified that his sales fell because Chrysler delivered hundreds of unordered or deficient vehicles to his dealerships.
The arbitrator talked with Harris and ordered the hearing suspended to give Chrysler a chance to respond. Harris asserted that he approached several people who might serve as witnesses but they couldn't substantiate Ganley's claim.
After testifying, Ganley contacted several employees, including his two sons. The public suit doesn't get into what Ganley discussed with these employees.
In an interview, Harris' lawyer, Andrew Kabat, said that these discussions are detailed in a sealed claim filed by Harris with the state court.
Brent Buckley, Ganley's lawyer in the Harris suit, described the claim to be “a case of an unhappy, dismissed employee.” Ganley is adamant that Harris was fired “on the spot for some of his conduct and performance at the arbitration.” Ganley is up against Rep. Betty Sutton for the seat in Congress. [via autonews - sub. required]