Court of Appeal Reversed Trial Court’s Order Granting Haddad Dodge/Kia’s Motion to Compel Arbitration

After hearing oral arguments on the matter, on May 22, 2012, the Court of Appeal reversed the trial court’s order and denied Haddad Dodge’s Motion to Compel Arbitration, in Barnes v. Bakersfield Dodge, Inc., Kern County Case No. S-1500-CV-271087 WDP, allowing the class action to proceed in court. The Court of Appeal found Haddad Dodge waived its right to compel arbitration because it began litigating the case and waited until six months before the scheduled trial date to file its motion. The class identified in the Barnes’ lawsuit is consumers who purchased vehicles from Haddad Dodge/Kia and whose contracts do not separately itemize fees due to the DMV for license fees and registration, transfer, and titling fees. Lyle and Karen Barnes allege Haddad Dodge made improper disclosures on contracts for customers who purchased vehicles between July 21, 2006, and July 21, 2010.

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