Dealergate Lawsuit Pending
Dealergate hasn’t gone away. Indeed, WorldNetDaily, TheRightSideofLife blog, another blogger called Devvy, and an Examiner journalist by the name of Dianna Cotter are each reporting that a group of disenfranchised auto dealers will shortly file a lawsuit against President Obama and his administration. The lead plaintiff is Jim Anderer, a Chrysler dealer who lost his franchise. Anderer was interviewed by Neil Cavuto on May 18, 2009.
Their attorneys, Stephen Pidgeon and Leo Donofrio, are recommending two primary actions: (1) a motion to reconsider the Court’s approval of the dealer rejections, and (2) a quo warranto in the D.C. District Court pertaining to Obama and his administration. They apparently also plan to file a third quo warranto proceeding under 16-3521(2), arguing that the Obama administration exercised illegal corporate authority, which means they acted as political agents illegally using taxpayer money to remake the auto industry according to their particular vision. Quo warranto is a civil proceeding held in the district where the officeholder resides, and is typically used to remove someone from office if the court determines the person is a usurper to the office. The proceeding can be used against any political officeholder, including the President.
On July 20, 2009, Michelle Malkin reported that the House passed an appropriations bill with an amendment intended to reverse the Obama administration’s closure of thousands of auto dealerships. HR 3170 passed the House on July 16, 2009. The bill was received by the Senate, read twice, and placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. There has been no action by the Senate since July 2009.