SACRAMENTO, CA – Ford Motor Co. wins the first round of a ground-breaking dispute over whether a dealership’s sale to a large publicly owned dealer group can be blocked because the group elsewhere allegedly runs “under-performing” stores of the same brand. California Judge Merilyn Wong on June 9 upheld the auto maker’s refusal to allow Asbury Automotive Group, of Stamford, CT, to purchase Bob Baker Ford in San Diego. Ford contends four of Asbury’s current seven Ford stores have missed ...

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