DALLAS — Organizers of the sixth annual P&A Leadership Summit have announced the formation of a special session featuring attorneys Matthew Bartle and David Marcus. The pair will address recent General Motors directives requiring dealers to disclose to consumers the sale of non-GM parts and service contracts.
“There can be little doubt GM is trying to bully dealers into promoting a factory-branded VSC to the exclusion of aftermarket VSCs,” Bartle said. “The big question is whether and to what extent GM can be stopped.”
Bartle and Marcus are partners in the Kansas City, Mo.-based law firm of Bartle & Marcus LLC. Their session, “The GM Mandate: Legal and Practical Responses,” will begin at 4:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13. They are expected to discuss the contents and legal implications of two bulletins and a letter attributed to Alan Batey, GM’s executive vice president and president for North America. The factory appeared to threaten dealers who fail to disclose the sale of non-GM parts and service contracts with a $500-per-vehicle fine, loss of access to incentive programs, and even termination of the dealer’s franchise agreement.
“Thanks to Matthew and David’s availability and fortuitous timing, we are able to offer an informed response to this surprising development,” said David Gesualdo, show chair and publisher of P&A magazine. “We anticipate a full room and a highly engaged audience.”