2011 Missouri Revised Statutes
TITLE XXVI TRADE AND COMMERCE
Chapter 407 Merchandising Practices
Section 407.1366. Change in ownership, notice required.
Change in ownership, notice required.
407.1366. 1. If a boat, marine, vessel, or personal watercraft dealer desires to make a change in its ownership by the sale of the business assets, stock transfer, or otherwise, the dealer must give the manufacturer ninety days' written notice prior to the closing including all supporting documentation as may be required by the manufacturer. The manufacturer shall not refuse to agree to such proposed change or sale and may not disapprove or withhold approval of such change or sale unless the manufacturer can show that its decision is based on the manufacturer's reasonable criteria, which may include but is not limited to the prospective transferee's business experience, moral character, financial qualifications, and any criminal record.
2. It is unlawful for any manufacturer to fail to provide a boat, marine, vessel, or personal watercraft dealer an opportunity to designate, in writing, a member of the dealer's family as a successor to the dealership in the event of the death, incapacity, or retirement of the boat, marine, vessel, or personal watercraft dealer. It shall be unlawful to prevent or refuse to honor the succession to a dealership by a member of the family of the deceased, retired or incapacitated dealer unless the manufacturer has provided to the dealer written notice of its objections. Grounds for objection shall be lack of creditworthiness, conviction of a felony, lack of required licenses or business experience or other conditions which make such succession unreasonable under the circumstances, but the manufacturer shall bear the burden of showing the unreasonableness of such succession. However, no member of the family may succeed to a boat, marine, vessel, or personal watercraft dealer if the succession to the boat, marine, vessel, or personal watercraft dealer involves, without the manufacturer's consent, a relocation of the business or an alteration of the terms and conditions of the written agreement.
3. If the manufacturer rejects a proposed change or sale, the manufacturer shall give written notice of its reasons to the boat, marine, vessel, or personal watercraft dealer within sixty days after receipt of the dealer notification and complete documentation. If no such notice is given to the boat, marine, vessel, or personal watercraft dealer, the change or sale shall be deemed approved.
(L. 2004 H.B. 1288)
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