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Friday, 01 December 2017 17:52

Mercedes Dealership Countersues NY Shop for Defamation in OEM Certification ‘Kick-back’ Claim

Written by John Huetter, Repairer Driven News

A Mercedes dealership accused of demanding a “mafia-style bribe” from a New York body shop in exchange for renewing an OEM certification sponsorship has fired back with a defamation countersuit.

An attorney for Celebrity Auto of Westchester (which does business as Mercedes-Benz of Goldens Bridge) declared on Nov. 30 that North State Custom and owner Greg Coccaro Jr. “acted in reckless disregard for the truth when they made their false allegations.”


The countersuit filed against North State Custom and Coccaro Nov. 22 brings claims for defamation, trade libel, false light, and tortious interference with prospective economic advantage in response to a North State Custom press release and interview regarding the litigation. It also alleges abuse of process for filing the lawsuit with an ulterior motive “to make ‘a significant impact on the collision repair industry.'”


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