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Thu Jun 15, 2017
Berkshire Hathaway, the parent company of Forest River, Inc., is in non-compliance with a Texas dealership law and may face the consequences, according to a story by Seeking Alpha.
At issue is the state law prohibiting auto dealerships and vehicle manufacturers from sharing ownership.
Berkshire Hathaway got into the auto dealership business in a big way in early 2015 from its $4.1 billion purchase of the Van Tuyl group, then the country's fifth largest auto retailer. The trouble with the law is that Berkshire is also the owner of Forest River since 2005.
The Warren Buffet-owned company attempted to push through a change to the state law allowing an exemption if the dealerships and manufacturers sell different types of vehicles, but the attempt failed.
"The dealer franchise laws are written so broadly that they prohibit an apple manufacturer from owning an orange dealership," Berkshire Hathaway Automotive CEO Jeff Rachor says, according to Nicole Friedman at the Wall Street Journal. "They also prohibit a financial holding company from owning both an apple manufacturer and an orange dealership."
The officials at the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles have determined that Berkshire's dealerships and RV manufacturer should lose their licenses as a result of being in non-compliance with the law. Berkshire has requested a hearing to dispute. A settlement of some sort is possible between the company and the state.