Prichard Young won yet another appeal for Hyundai Motor America in a long-running dispute with a San Antonio car dealer. In October 2015, a week-long administrative evidentiary hearing/trial was held in Austin, Texas. World Car Hyundai alleged Hyundai Motor America unreasonably discriminated in its vehicle allocations and distribution of certain marketing funds. In March 2016, the Administrative Law Judge ruled in favor of Hyundai in a 27-page Proposal for Decision. The Board of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, however, voted to reject the ALJ’s the proposal. Hyundai Motor America then appealed that decision to the Austin Court of Appeals and, in 2019, it overturned the Board’s order and remanded the case with further instructions. In 2020, the DMV Board heard arguments again and ruled 7-2 in favor of Hyundai (affirming the original ALJ Proposal for Decision). The Dealer then appealed, and that appeal was transferred to the El Paso Court of Appeals. That court affirmed the DMV Board’s final order, rejecting the dealer’s arguments.
David Prichard, Kevin Young, and David Montpas represented Hyundai Motor America before both the ALJ, the Board, and the courts of appeals. Bruce Bennett (Cardwell, Hart & Bennett, Austin, TX), Dudley McCall (Austin, TX), and Kent Hance (Austin, TX) also represented Hyundai Motor America before the Board and the courts of appeals. The Dealer was represented by Smyser, Kaplan & Veselka (Houston, TX).
New World Car Nissan, Inc. d/b/a World Car Hyundai and New World Car Imports San Antonio, Inc. d/b/a World Car Hyundai v. Hyundai Motor America and Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, No. 08-20-00147-CV, in the Court of Appeals for the Eighth District of Texas, El Paso, Texas.