Law360 Column: The Uncertainty of "Substantial Change" LawsPrint PDFShare
A number of state statutes that regulate relationships between manufacturers and dealers, including the Minnesota Heavy and Utility Equipment Dealers Act and the Wisconsin Fair Dealership Law, require good cause for a manufacturer to "substantially change the competitive circumstances" of the dealer. These statutes do not define what constitutes a substantial change and the small amount of case law interpreting these statutes conflicts state to state. Briggs and Morgan shareholder Jim Long discusses the uncertainty these provisions have created for the manufacturing industry, and attorneys who practice in this area of law, in "'Substantial Change' Laws = Substantial Confusion," as published by Portfolio Media on Law360.com.
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