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Case No. 20-0837

Sioux City Truck Sales, Inc.
v.
Iowa Department of Transportation and Peterbilt Motors Company, and Allstate Peterbilt of Clear Lake

Truck dealership operating under franchise agreement with truck manufacturer appealed from a district court ruling which affirmed on judicial review a decision by the Iowa Department of Transportation approving the manufacturer’s creation of a new dealership franchise. Truck dealership contends the proposed franchise is located within the same “community” it serves and the manufacturer failed to show good cause for another franchise within that community as required by Iowa Code chapter 322A (2019). The court of appeals reversed and remanded for further proceedings. The DOT, manufacturer, and new franchisee seek further review.

County:
Polk

Resisters

Sioux City Truck Sales, Inc.

Applicants

Iowa Department of Transportation and Peterbilt Motors Company, and Allstate Peterbilt of Clear Lake

Attorneys for Resisters

Jeffrey M. Goldstein
Ryland Deinert

Attorneys for Applicants

Michelle E. Rabe
Stephen E. Doohen
Mark T. Clouatre
John P. Streelman
Jacob F. Fischer

Joseph G. Gamble
John N. Bisanz, Jr.

Supreme Court

Oral Argument Schedule

15-15-5

Feb 23, 2022 1:30 PM

Briefs

Supreme Court Opinion

Opinion Number:
20-0837
Date Published:
Jun 03, 2022

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
20-0837
Date Published:
Jun 16, 2021
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, William P. Kelly, Judge.  REVERSED AND REMANDED TO THE AGENCY.  Heard by Bower, C.J., and Tabor and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, J.  (19 pages)

            Sioux City Truck Sales, Inc. appeals a judicial review order affirming the Iowa Department of Transportation’s approval of an additional motor vehicle dealer franchise in its existing area of responsibility.  OPINION HOLDS: Because neither the agency nor the district court applied the statutory definition of “community” when assessing whether Peterbilt Motors Company met its burden of proving good cause for appointing an additional dealer–franchisee in SCTS’s designated area, we reverse the district court’s judicial review decision and remand to the agency for further proceedings consistent with this opinion. 

Other Information

Date Further Review is Granted:
Sep 28, 2021
Date Retained:
Sep 28, 2021
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