2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 56 - TRADE NAMES, TRADE-MARKS AND UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES
Section 56:10-30 - Actions, alternate dispute resolution proceedings relative to franchise termination.


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56:10-30 Actions, alternate dispute resolution proceedings relative to franchise termination.

12. a. Upon timely institution of an action or alternate dispute resolution proceeding to enjoin the termination of a motor vehicle franchise on the ground that such termination would be in violation of the "Franchise Practices Act," P.L.1971, c.356 (C.56:10-1 et seq.), the termination shall be automatically stayed pending the final disposition of such action or proceeding, and the motor vehicle franchisor shall accord the motor vehicle franchisee all rights and privileges of a franchisee as if notice of termination had not been given.

b.A successful motor vehicle franchisee in an action or alternate dispute resolution proceeding to enjoin the termination of a motor vehicle franchise shall be entitled to an injunction barring termination of the motor vehicle franchise in addition to any other relief provided for in section 10 of P.L.1971, c.356 (C.56:10-10).

c.In any action or alternate dispute resolution proceeding with respect to the termination of a motor vehicle franchise, the motor vehicle franchisor shall have the burden of proving that termination of the motor vehicle franchise does not violate section 5 of P.L.1971, c.356 (C.56:10-5). In proving good cause for termination in any such action, the motor vehicle franchisor shall be limited to the grounds for termination set forth in the written notice provided for in section 5 of P.L.1971, c.356 (C.56:10-5).

d.Notwithstanding the giving of notice of termination of a motor vehicle franchise pursuant to section 5 of P.L.1971, c.356 (C.56:10-5), at any time prior to the date on which the termination becomes effective, the motor vehicle franchisee may enter into an agreement for, and submit to the motor vehicle franchisor, notice of the transfer, assignment or sale of the motor vehicle franchise to another person. Thereupon, the motor vehicle franchisor shall proceed as provided for in section 6 of P.L.1971, c.356 (C.56:10-6). Upon approval of the transfer, assignment or sale by the motor vehicle franchisor and upon consummation of same, the notice of termination of the motor vehicle franchise shall be deemed withdrawn, and the transferee shall receive the motor vehicle franchise free and clear of all grounds for termination. Notwithstanding the terms of any notice, any court order or any other provision of law, a motor vehicle franchise termination shall not become effective while a notice of transfer, assignment or sale is pending with a motor vehicle franchisor.

L.2011, c.66, s.12.


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