Group of dealers begin legal action against Toyota
Claim discrimination in relation to criteria for appointment as authorised dealers
Fifteen outlets said Toyota Ireland was acting in breach of competition legislation.
Fifteen outlets from around the country, including Cranley Cars, Linders, Murphy & Gunn, Fitzpatrick’s and Kearys, said that Toyota Ireland was acting in breach of competition legislation in stipulating certain requirements.
Counsel said his client contended the dealers wanted special treatment beyond that required for authorised Toyota car dealers.
Counsel said his side had not yet received the dealers’ statement of claim and that Toyota may yet apply for an order requiring the dealers to provide security for legal costs in the event of their losing the action.
Statement of claimJonathan Newman
His clients were authorised repairers under a selective distribution system operated by Toyota which would be acceptable were it not done in an alleged discriminatory fashion, he said. They had been repairers for Toyota for many years but are now required to meet a range of demands before they may continue to provide the service, including installing showers in workshops, meeting requirements for courtesy cars and wheelchair access.
There were additional issues concerning the credit on offer from Toyota, plus issues concerning provision of spare parts from Toyota itself.
Mr Justice Barrett made directions for the the delivery of papers in the case and adjourned it to next month.