2013 Vermont Statutes
Title 09 Commerce and Trade
Chapter 107 MACHINERY DEALERSHIPS
§ 4082 Forestry and industrial equipment
4082. Forestry and industrial equipment
(a) The general assembly finds that geographic restrictions imposed on trade of certain forestry and industrial equipment within the state is not in the public interest. Restrictions on dealers of large and expensive pieces of industrial and forestry equipment to smaller geographical areas within the state unreasonably restrains trade, precludes any meaningful competition among a small number of dealers, and denies to Vermonters purchasing such equipment the benefits of free and open competition. The general assembly therefore enacts this law to promote the public welfare by providing for free and open trade of large forestry and industrial equipment within the state.
(b) For the purposes of this section, "forestry or industrial equipment" means heavy vehicular equipment and associated implements designed and intended for forestry or industrial purposes, and shall include all mechanical parts for such equipment.
(c) A supplier of forestry or industrial equipment shall not limit the geographic area in which a dealer may sell or deliver inventory. A supplier shall not charge a fee or fine or otherwise penalize a dealer either directly or indirectly for selling, or having sold, inventory to a consumer located outside of the dealer's trade area or primary area of responsibility if the selling dealer agrees in writing to the purchaser that the dealer will provide service during the standard factory warranty period, or otherwise to discriminate in shipping products or filling orders placed by dealers of goods on the basis of the location of the consumer, however these terms might be defined in a dealership agreement. The provisions of this section shall be deemed to be incorporated in every agreement and shall supersede and control all other provisions of the agreement. Any term of a contract or agreement either expressed or implied, including a choice of law provision, which is inconsistent with the provisions of this section or purporting to waive compliance with this section is void and unenforceable to the extent of the waiver or variance.
(d) This section shall apply to all agreements and contracts in effect on June 1, 1997, related to forestry or industrial equipment between suppliers and dealers, and to all amendments, renewals or extensions of such agreements, and to all such agreements entered into thereafter.
(e) [Repealed.] (Added 1997, No. 59, 89d, eff. June 30, 1997; amended 1997, No. 144 (Adj. Sess.), 30, eff. April 27, 1998; 2001, No. 86 (Adj. Sess.), 4, eff. May 2, 2002.)
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