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Minnesota dealer sues Harley-Davidson

November 18, 2011
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St. Paul Harley-Davidson in St. Paul, Minn., has filed a lawsuit against Harley-Davidson claiming that new restrictions Harley is enforcing on international and third-party sales are hindering dealers’ profits.

In the suit filed Nov. 1 in United States District Court, St. Paul Harley-Davidson said that as of Aug. 1, U.S. dealers have not been able to sell PG&A to any customers outside of the country, and beginning Jan. 1, they cannot sell any new PG&A on third-party websites, such as eBay and Amazon, according to a report by Reuters. Those sales brought in $8 million in revenue per year for the dealership.

“These changes would deprive (St. Paul Harley-Davidson) of literally millions of dollars of annual revenues, thereby jeopardizing its ability to remain in business,” the dealer said in the lawsuit.

A Harley-Davidson spokeswoman contacted by Reuters refused to comment on the lawsuit’s specifics, saying simply, “We disagree with the dealer’s premise.”

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