2010 Georgia Code
TITLE 13 - CONTRACTS
CHAPTER 8 - ILLEGAL AND VOID CONTRACTS GENERALLY
ARTICLE 3 - REGULATION OF FARM EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS, DISTRIBUTORS, AND DEALERS
§ 13-8-42 - Repurchase of inventory upon termination of franchise; payment for inventory repurchased; title to repurchased inventory; exempt inventory items; civil liability for failure to repurchase inventory
. Repurchase of inventory upon termination of franchise; payment for inventory repurchased; title to repurchased inventory; exempt inventory items; civil liability for failure to repurchase inventory
(a) Whenever any wholesaler enters into a franchise agreement with a manufacturer wherein the wholesaler agrees to maintain an inventory of farm equipment or implements or repair parts and the franchise is subsequently terminated, the manufacturer shall repurchase the inventory as provided in this article. The wholesaler may keep the inventory if he desires. If the wholesaler has any outstanding debts to the manufacturer, then the repurchase amount may be credited to the wholesaler's account.
(b) The manufacturer shall repurchase that inventory previously purchased from him and held by the wholesaler on the date of termination of the contract. The manufacturer shall pay 100 percent of the actual wholesaler's cost, including freight, of all new, unsold, undamaged, and complete units of farm equipment or implements which are resalable, all demonstrator units of farm equipment or implements, and 100 percent of the current wholesale price of all new, unused, undamaged repair parts and accessories which are listed in the manufacturer's current parts price list. The manufacturer shall pay the wholesaler 5 percent of the current wholesale price on all new, unused, and undamaged repair parts returned to cover the cost of handling, packing, and loading.
(c) Upon payment within a reasonable time of the repurchase amount to the wholesaler, the title and right of possession to the repurchased inventory shall transfer to the manufacturer.
(d) The provisions of this article shall not require the repurchase from a wholesaler of:
(1) Any repair part which has a limited storage life or is otherwise subject to deterioration;
(2) Any single repair part which is priced as a set of two or more items;
(3) Any repair part which, because of its condition, is not resalable as a new part without repackaging or reconditioning;
(4) Any inventory for which the wholesaler is unable to furnish evidence, reasonably satisfactory to the manufacturer, of good title, free and clear of all claims, liens, and encumbrances;
(5) Any inventory which the wholesaler desires to keep, provided the wholesaler has a contractual right to do so;
(6) Any unit of farm equipment or implement which is not in new, unused, undamaged, complete condition, except units that have been used by the wholesaler as demonstrators;
(7) Any repair parts which are not in new, unused, undamaged condition;
(8) Any inventory which was ordered by the wholesaler on or after the date of receipt of the notification of termination of the franchise; or
(9) Any inventory which was acquired by the wholesaler from any source other than the manufacturer.
(e) If any manufacturer shall fail or refuse to repurchase any inventory covered under the provisions of this article within 60 days after termination of a wholesaler's contract, he shall be civilly liable for 100 percent of the current wholesale price of the inventory plus any freight charges paid by the wholesaler, the wholesaler's reasonable attorney's fees, court costs, and interest on the current wholesale price computed at the legal interest rate from the sixty-first day after termination.
Graham Syfert - Jacksonville Lawyer