Category Archives: Coverage

The Liability Insurer’s “Hidden” Duty to Defend– the Obligation to Pay for its Insured’s Affirmative Claims.


By Greg Johnson. The typical liability insurance policy requires the insurer to “defend” the insured (i.e., dealership) if it is sued by a third-party on a claim covered by the policy. Often, the “defense” feature of a liability policy is … Continue reading

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Minnesota Supreme Court Rules in Nissan Dealer Relocation Case under MVSDA


By Greg Johnson. The Minnesota Supreme Court recently issued a decision interpreting the Minnesota Motor Vehicle Sale and Distribution Act (“MVSDA”), Minn. Stat. §§ 80E.01 .17 (2014). In Wayzata Nissan LLC v. Nissan North America, Inc., Case No. A14-1652 2016 … Continue reading

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Auto Coverage: Are Household (Family Member) Step-Down Exclusions Void Under Minnesota Law?


By Greg Johnson. A 2014 decision of the South Carolina Supreme Court decision invalidating a household (a/k/a “family” or “intra-family”) “step-down” (a/k/a “drop-down”) to a personal auto policy caused me to dust off my research from over a decade ago … Continue reading

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Auto Coverage: “Absolute” & “Frozen” Liability under the Minnesota No-Fault Act


By Greg Johnson. A parent completes a personal auto application for automobile insurance and does not disclose that there are any other licensed drivers in the household that will operate the insured vehicle. Later, after the policy is issued, a … Continue reading

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Guest Contributor Jim Radogna: Dealer Fees Under Attack


By Jim Radogna. Two recent actions for alleged dealer fee violations in South Carolina and Indiana are a potential cause for concern in other states due to the likelihood of copycat legal actions. While these states had no caps on … Continue reading

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Times Change and so do Car Prices: Bring back the Gremlin!!


By Greg Johnson. I remember when my dad sold AMC Gremlins for $1,999 in the early 1970’s.  Yes, I grew up with Hornets, Javelins, Matadors, Pacers and Gremlins — probably the most bizarre car line ever produced in America, or … Continue reading

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Protecting the Dealership’s “Front-End” and “Back-End”: What Does that Mean?


By Greg Johnson. Everyone in the retail automobile industry is familiar with the terms “front-end” and “back-end.” They represent two sources of potential revenue (and, hopefully, profit) for auto dealerships: The “front-end” refers to revenue realized on the sale of … Continue reading

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