A meeting of the Maine Motor Vehicle Franchise Board was held on Thursday April 28, 2005, in the First Floor conference room at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, 101 Hospital Street, Augusta, Maine.
Chairman John McCurry Esq. called the meeting to order at 9:00 am.
Present: John McCurry, Carol Kontos William Dowling, John Quirk. and Nelson Carlson: Wallace Camp participated by telephone. Dan Rosenthal Esq.was present on behalf of Ford; Laura Lee Klein Esq. and John Darling attended for Darling's.
- The Board met to address Ford's motion for Withdrawal of the three Board members who were new car dealers. Wallace Camp addressed the motion and stated that he was a member of the Maine Auto Dealers Association, as he thought most Maine dealers were; he was also a member of the National Auto Dealers Association and had been a director in the past. He quit the Ford Dealer Alliance five or six years ago because of the time it took, but the Alliance would not accept his resignation. He said he had no antipathy toward Ford rather he had been a Ford dealer for fifty years and had a good relationship with the company, although as in any partnership, they had had disagreements. He understood that there was nothing personal in Ford's motion and he did not take it personally. Finally, he believed that he could make a fair and impartial decision on Darling's Complaint based on the evidence and that it would be wrong for him to withdraw.
- John Quirk addressed the motion as follows. He has no Ford franchises, he understood that there was nothing personal in Ford's motion and he did not take it personally. His position as the Maine director of the National Auto Dealers Association made him a non-voting director in the Maine Auto Dealers Association, He agreed that John Darling was his cousin, and said they see each other once or twice a year, for reasons related to the MADA rather than family matters. He added that Darling's is his direct and largest business competitor
and said that he did not look to the manufacturers for warranty reimbursement in the same manner as Darling's. He stated his belief that he could make a fair and impartial decision on Darling's Complaint based on the evidence, but he felt that it was best if he withdrew from this first case. Board Member Quirk then withdrew.
- William Dowling moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:42 am; all members were in favor of adjourning, and the meeting officially adjourned at 9:45.