Auto Group’s Preemption Claims Fail, Massachusetts AG Argues

Dec. 21, 2020, 6:45 PM

An auto group’s lawsuit challenging the recently passed Massachusetts right to repair law should be tossed since its primary claim is insufficient to preempt state law, Attorney General Maura Healey argued.

The claim, brought under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, relies on non-binding agency guidance and doesn’t establish an actual conflict between state and federal law, Healey’s office alleged in a memorandum in support of a motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

The Alliance for Automotive Innovation sued Healey (D) last month, arguing the law wasn’t enforceable because it ...

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