Harley-Davidson Asks For End To FTC Order
MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Harley-Davidson Inc. has asked the Federal Trade Commission to lift a 40-year-old rule that prohibits it from forcing dealers to sell only Harley motorcycles and parts.
In a request last week, Harley said it was the only motorcycle manufacturer under such an order.
``Why should we be the only manufacturer that is subject to something like this?″ asked Tim Hoelter, vice president and general counsel at Harley.
In 1954, the order was issued to settle charges that Harley violated antitrust laws by requiring its dealers to sell only Harley motorcycles, parts and accessories.
At the time, Hoelter said, Harley dealerships were the primary market for motorcycles and parts in the United States. Since then, there has been an explosion of shops and an emergence of foreign dealerships.
Hoelter said that in seeking removal of the order, Harley does not intend to start forcing dealers to sell only Harley parts.