Court rules in Raymond dealer case

GREENE – After an eight-year court battle with a former dealer, the Raymond Corporation was successful in reversing two of three counts previously levied against it, but still faces a $12M penalty.

On Dec. 28, the United States Circuit Court of Appeals concluded a decision regarding a wrongful termination claim against the Raymond Corporation by one of its former dealers, the Minnesota Supply Company.

The supply company and Raymond began a dealership agreement in 1947. The agreement stated Minnesota Supply would act as a dealership for lift trucks/fork lifts manufactured by Raymond.

The supply company, located in Eden Prairie, Minn., was under the dealership agreement including various other states and sold only lift trucks manufactured by Raymond until 1989, when MN Supply also began selling lift trucks manufactured by Caterpillar.

The judgment entered by the District Court states the jury verdict for MN Supply is reversed on MN Supply’s first and second claims, and affirmed on its third claim – thus reversing the decision in favor of Raymond on two of three counts.

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