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FTC workshop on state regulations re motor vehicle distribution

Discussion in 'Midwest/Great Lakes' started by Jim MacInnes, Jan 10, 2016.

  1. Jim MacInnes

    Jim MacInnes Member

    Nov 1, 2014
    The Federal Trade Commission ("Commission" or "FTC") will host a one-day workshop exploring competition and related issues in the context of state regulation of motor vehicle distribution and how these regulations affect businesses and consumers. Specific topics for discussion will include: the regulation of dealer location; laws relating to reimbursement for warranty services; and restrictions on manufacturers' ability to engage in direct sales to consumers. Additionally, the workshop will examine whether and how the existing pattern of auto distribution and regulation may be affected by new developments such as autonomous vehicles, connected cars, and the rise of subscription-based automobile sharing services.

    The Commission seeks the views of consumers, industry representatives, economists, lawyers, academics, and other interested parties. As explained below, comments will be considered for workshop planning purposes, and may inform further public discussion about these issues.

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