Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0960-01-.06 - NOTICE OF TERMINATION, CANCELLATION OR NON-RENEWAL
(1) In the event that a manufacturer, distributor, manufacturer or distributor branch or manufacturer or distributor representative determines that the franchise of an existing motor vehicle dealer should be terminated or cancelled or should not be renewed, it shall give written notice to the dealer and to the Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission at least sixty (60) days prior to the effective date of the termination, cancellation or non-renewal. This notice shall contain a concise statement of the reasons for the termination, cancellation or non-renewal of the franchise. Upon application of the person cancelling, terminating or failing to renew a franchise and with notice to the dealer affected thereby, the Commission may permit a cancellation, termination or non-renewal of a franchise upon less than sixty (60 ) days notice, if it determines in writing that a lesser notice period is justified in light of the circumstances surrounding the cancellation, termination or non-renewal.
(2) Where a manufacturer, distributor, manufacturer or distributor branch or manufacturer or distributor representative has issued the notice of termination or non-renewal as provided above, has taken such action without issuing the notice, or has otherwise threatened to terminate the dealership, the affected dealer shall have the right, within the 60 day period following receipt of the notice or action, to petition the Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission for a declaratory order in accordance with T.C.A. § 4-5-223 as to the applicability of T.C.A. § 55-17-114(c)(3) and/or (c)(21) to the proposed or threatened termination. Upon the filing of such petition, the Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission shall convene a contested case hearing for the purpose of determining whether the action of the manufacturer or distributor is (a) unfair, (b) without due regard to the equities, or (c) without just provocation as provided within T.C.A. § 55-17-114(c)(3) and/or (c)(21). The manufacturer or distributor thereof shall be served with the petition and shall be a party to the contested case hearing.
(3) Failure of a manufacturer, distributor, manufacturer or distributor branch or manufacturer or distributor representative to give adequate notice pursuant to Rule 0960-01-.06(1) or to keep the franchise in full force and effect pending a final determination by the Commission or to abide by the Commission's final order may result in the Commission's refusal to issue a motor vehicle dealer's license to another dealership selling the same trade name and line-make of motor vehicles as the affected dealer or doing business in the same relevant market area as the affected dealer. This remedy is in addition to any other remedy provided in T.C.A. § 55-17-101 et seq.
Authority: T.C.A. §§ 55-17-107 and 55-17-114.
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