GAINESVILLE, Va. (Feb. 25, 2016) — The Hybrid Shop (THS), an international network of diagnostic and maintenance equipment for hybrid and electric vehicles, said it won its case in a contract dispute with Automotive Research and Design (AR&D).
According to a Feb. 23 THS press release, THS had a legal dispute with AR&D having to do with the distribution contract between the two companies. THS claimed that AR&D — a manufacturer of hybrid and electric vehicle diagnostics equipment — was distributing its own products in violation of its contract with THS.
After nearly a year, an arbiter from the American Arbitration Association ruled in THS' favor in early February, THS said.
The arbiter's decision affirms THS' exclusive right to make, modify and distribute AR&D products to automotive aftermarket repair and service facilities, including auto dealerships, in the U.S. and its territories, Canada, Australia and Singapore, according to THS.
“We were confident from the beginning that we had honored the terms of our contract with AR&D,” said THS founder Matt Curry. “Our primary objective was always to defend and uphold the promises made to our existing dealers—protecting their territories, maintaining their equipment, and continuing to provide training and support.”