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Ford Sues Megadealer Denny Hecker for $3.1 Million

January 16, 2009

STILLWATER, Minn. — Ford Motor Co. has filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against embattled megadealer Denny Hecker. The automaker said that Hecker's Stillwater Ford owes $3.1 million for 84 new-vehicle sales and unpaid parts orders, according to the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Star Tribune.

In November, Hecker sold three dealerships and shuttered six others, including Stillwater Ford, in the midst of multiple legal battles. That month, General Motors Corp. sued Hecker for selling non-GM brands at Southview Chevrolet in Inver Grove Heights and Hecker sued Chrysler Financial Services for cutting off credit to 13 of his dealerships.

A month later, Hecker's Advantage Rent-a-Car Co. closed 22 of its 48 airport locations and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. When reached for comment Tuesday, Barbara Jerich, Hecker Automotive Group's president, told the Star Tribune that the company had not yet seen the lawsuit.

The full text of the Star Tribune article can be found here.

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