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    Subdivision 1. Good cause required. No farm equipment manufacturer, directly or through
an officer, agent, or employee may terminate, cancel, fail to renew, or substantially change
the competitive circumstances of a dealership agreement without good cause. "Good cause"
means failure by a farm equipment dealer to substantially comply with essential and reasonable
requirements imposed upon the dealer by the dealership agreement, if the requirements are not
different from those requirements imposed on other similarly situated dealers by their terms. In
addition, good cause exists whenever:
(1) without the consent of the farm equipment manufacturer who shall not withhold consent
unreasonably, (a) the farm equipment dealer has transferred an interest in the farm equipment
dealership, or (b) there has been a withdrawal from the dealership of an individual proprietor,
partner, major shareholder, or the manager of the dealership, or (c) there has been a substantial
reduction in interest of a partner or major stockholder;
(2) the farm equipment dealer has filed a voluntary petition in bankruptcy or has had
an involuntary petition in bankruptcy filed against it which has not been discharged within 30
days after the filing, or there has been a closeout or sale of a substantial part of the dealer's
assets related to the farm equipment business, or there has been a commencement of dissolution
or liquidation of the dealer;
(3) there has been a change, without the prior written approval of the manufacturer, in the
location of the dealer's principal place of business under the dealership agreement;
(4) the farm equipment dealer has defaulted under a chattel mortgage or other security
agreement between the dealer and the farm equipment manufacturer, or there has been a
revocation or discontinuance of a guarantee of the dealer's present or future obligations to the
farm equipment manufacturer;
(5) the farm equipment dealer has failed to operate in the normal course of business for
seven consecutive days or has otherwise abandoned the business;
(6) the farm equipment dealer has pleaded guilty to or has been convicted of a felony
affecting the relationship between the dealer and manufacturer;
(7) the dealer has engaged in conduct which is injurious or detrimental to the dealer's
customers or to the public welfare; or
(8) the farm equipment dealer, after receiving notice from the manufacturer of its
requirements for reasonable market penetration based on the manufacturer's experience in other
comparable marketing areas, consistently fails to meet the manufacturer's market penetration
    Subd. 2. Notice. Except as otherwise provided in this subdivision, a farm equipment
manufacturer shall provide a farm equipment dealer at least 90 days' prior written notice of
termination, cancellation, or nonrenewal of the dealership agreement. The notice shall state all
reasons constituting good cause for the action and shall provide that the dealer has 60 days in
which to cure any claimed deficiency. If the deficiency is rectified within 60 days, the notice is
void. The notice and right to cure provisions under this section do not apply if the reason for
termination, cancellation, or nonrenewal is for any reason set forth in subdivision 1, clauses
(1) to (7).
History: 1988 c 511 s 2

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