Jennings Hart, recently secured a victory in binding arbitration for a luxury car dealership.
Jennings Hart, Senior Litigation Counsel at the firms Western Pennsylvania office, recently secured a victory in binding arbitration for a luxury car dealership. The plaintiff, a seasoned local attorney himself, asserted claims sounding in breach of warranty and violations of the consumer protection laws of Tennessee where he had leased the vehicle. Based on provisions in the lease agreement the arbitration was held in Pittsburgh.
Plaintiff claimed significant economic loss and physical ailments arising from a purported defect in the driver’s seat. He asserted claims against the dealership on the basis of alleged promises to make modifications to the vehicle to accommodate his complaints. Settlement demands in excess of $140,000 were made but all reasonable overtures of settlement were summarily rejected.
Successful motions practice narrowed the scope of the consumer protection law claims in advance of the arbitration. Ultimately, the arbitrator found in favor of the dealership on all claims.