2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
June 21, 2019 - Introduced by Senators Marklein, Ringhand, Cowles, Darling,
Erpenbach, Feyen, Hansen, Miller, Nass, Olsen, L. Taylor, Testin and
Wanggaard, cosponsored by Representatives Ballweg, Fields, Bowen,
Brandtjen, Considine, Crowley, Gundrum, Knodl, Kolste, Kuglitsch,
McGuire, B. Meyers, Milroy, Murphy, Mursau, Novak, Petryk, Ramthun,
Rohrkaste, Sinicki, Skowronski, Steffen, Thiesfeldt, Tusler, VanderMeer,
Vruwink and Zimmerman. Referred to Committee on Transportation, Veterans
and Military Affairs.
1An Act to amend
218.0163 (1) (a); and to create
218.0116 (1) (z) of the statutes; 2relating to: prohibited practices of motor vehicle manufacturers, importers,
3and distributors and providing a penalty.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, a manufacturer, importer, or distributor (manufacturer) of
motor vehicles that wishes to sell motor vehicles in this state must be licensed by the
Department of Transportation. Also under current law, a manufacturer may have
its license revoked, and may be liable for pecuniary losses and attorney fees, if the
manufacturer commits any of a number of violations enumerated in the statutes.
This bill enumerates an additional violation. Specifically, a manufacturer
commits a violation, as described above, if it directly or indirectly takes or threatens
to take an adverse action against a dealer of its motor vehicles 1) for the purpose of
recovering costs of compensating the dealer for certain service work performed for
the manufacturer, or 2) in retaliation for a dealer's exercising a right or seeking a
remedy under Wisconsin's motor vehicle dealer law.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
218.0116 (1) (z) of the statutes is created to read:
(z) 1. In this paragraph, “adverse action” includes all of the 3
a. Increasing a price charged for services or goods.
b. Assessing a penalty, fee, or surcharge.
c. Withholding, reducing, or delaying an incentive or other payment.
d. Transferring or shifting costs.
e. Limiting allocations of vehicles or parts.
f. Failing to act in good faith.
g. Failing to make timely payment of compensation.
h. Establishing or applying a discriminatory standard.
i. Conducting or threatening to conduct a nonroutine or nonrandom audit.
2. Being a manufacturer, importer, or distributor who directly or indirectly 14
takes or threatens to take an adverse action against a dealer for any of the following 15
a. For the purpose of recovering costs of compensating dealers under s. 17
b. In retaliation for a dealer's exercising a right or seeking a remedy under ss. 19
218.0101 to 218.0163 or under rules promulgated by the department of 20
transportation under ss. 218.0101 to 218.0163.
218.0163 (1) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) A violation by any other licensee of s. 218.0116 (1) (bm), (f), (h), 23
(hm), (i), (km), (L), (Lm), (mm), (pm), (q), (qm), (r), (rm), (s), (sm), (t), (u), (um), (v), 24
(vm), (w), (wm), (x), (xm), (y), (ym), or
, or (z)
This act first applies to an adverse action taken or continued on the effective 2
date of this subsection.