A federal jury has slapped Volvo Trucks North America with a $6.5 million judgment, a stinging rebuke of its business dealings with Andy Mohr Truck Center, the franchisee the Swedish company signed on in 2010 to grow its market share here.
The businesses had been battling in court since 2012, when Volvo sued, charging Andy Mohr reneged on its commitment to build a new dealership facility, buy $1 million in Volvo parts and achieve the anticipated market gains.
But Andy Mohr countersued, charging Volvo failed to live up to a promise to award it the Mack Trucks franchise, which it also controlled, and also failed to provide the same price discounts on Volvo Trucks that it offered to similar franchisees elsewhere. Andy Mohr cited 13 instances where the price discrimination caused it to miss out on large fleet purchases by customers.
“As a result of Volvo’s conduct, Mohr Truck lost over 1,300 new truck sales between late 2010 and 2012 and millions of dollars in profits,” Andy Mohr alleged in court documents.
The jury on Monday sided with Andy Mohr on its claims that Volvo violated the Indiana Deceptive Franchise Practices Act for price discrimination.
Judge William Lawrence previously had dismissed Volvo’s claims against Andy Mohr.