Alert: Nissan accused of forcing dealer out of business image

Nissan Motor Co. was sued by a California dealer who said he was forced out of business last year after the Japanese carmaker broke its promise to support his dealerships through 2009 and cut off financing.

Michael A. Kahn, the owner of Superior Automotive Group LLC, seeks at least $250 million in damages in a complaint filed today in state court in Los Angeles. Kahn accuses Nissan of fraud and breach of contract, among other claims.

“Given Nissan’s behavior toward and treatment of one of their most loyal and successful dealers, if I were a Nissan dealer, I would have serious concerns about them,” Kahn’s attorney, Skip Miller, said in a statement. “We are looking forward to trying this case and cannot wait to empanel a jury.”

Fred Standish, a spokesman for Nissan North America, declined to comment, citing a company policy not to discuss litigation.

The case is Superior Automotive Group v. Nissan, BC429048, Los Angeles County Superior Court.

via Bloomerg