Deere & Co. v. State of New Hampshire
- Case Date: 5/19/2016
- Project Name: Criminalization of Free Enterprise - Business Civil Liberties Program
On October 3, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a one-sentence order declining to review a decision by the New Hampshire Supreme Court permitting the New Hampshire legislature to retroactively extend the reach of the State’s automobile-dealer law to the heavy-equipment industry, thereby upending settled contractual rights and obligations. The decision was a setback for WLF, which filed a brief arguing that retroactive application of New Hampshire’s revised “Dealer Bill of Rights,” enacted to “level the playing field” between manufacturers and dealers, violates the Contract Clause of the U.S Constitution. WLF’s brief, co-filed with the National Association of Manufacturers, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, and Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association, was prepared with the substantial assistance of James McGrath and Allison Eggers of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.
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