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Judge Grants Michigan Chevy Dealership Emergency Stay

May 15, 2018 0 Comments

A Chevrolet dealership in Flint, Michigan, has been granted an emergency stay by Genesee County Circuit Court Judge Geoffrey L. Neithercut, allowing the business to continue buying, selling, and trading vehicles until an appeal for its license suspension is heard.

Neithercut issued the stay based on a request by attorneys representing Patsy Lou Chevrolet on Friday May 11. The dealership’s license was suspended for 15 days on May 10, according to a post at the dealership indicating “the license would be suspended until May 25.”

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced the suspension, issued as a result of repeated violations of the law for not providing titles to buyers. The suspension, ordered by Administrative Law Examiner Jay Thomas Todd on Thursday, followed an April hearing where the state filed a 16-count complaint against the dealership.

The Circuit Court order stays the suspension “until further notice of the court pending the outcome of this appeal.”

Neithercut ordered Johnson to let the dealership reopen “by allowing for the removal of a sign” about the license suspension posted on property and reactivating all dealer licenses.

Fred Woodhams, spokesman for the Secretary of State, said that the judge’s order was a “surprise” to the department.

“We were not provided any notice of court action or an opportunity to appear before the court. We believe that once we have an opportunity to go before the court to present evidence, we will ultimately prevail,” said Woodhams.

“The suspension order that went into effect this morning was sound and appropriate based on the multitude of evidence of the dealership’s violations,” he said.

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