Posts Tagged ‘credit crunch’

Credit crunch drives up securities class actions

December 28, 2008

The number of these class actions increased 37% since 2007 and not surprisingly the biggest factor was the credit crunch which accounted for 43% of the total number of filings tripling  since 2007.

News release

Chrysler sued for discrimination

November 29, 2008

This lawsuit is interesting for a couple reasons.  The first, is what it reveals about the complex relationships between the various Chrysler entities and their dealers.  There is Chrysler Motors, Chrysler Financial and Chrysler Realty and they all were involved with this particular dealership; agreeing to sell them cars, assist with financing and possibly acquiring the real property of the dealership.  The lawsuit claims that Chrysler attempted to drive out of business the only African American dealership in New York state.  This activity also resulted in credit lines between Chrysler and the dealership to freeze.  We have seen that happen with Dennis Hecker too who is white so its not so clear if the withdrawal of credit is a discriminatory act or borne out of economic and financial necessity.

From a competitive intelligence perpective, this complaint is useful for what it reveals about how the auto industry works and it would be interesting to read other complaints involving other auto-makers and their dealership to learn if these are industry practices.  Its important to note that not all complaints are as factually forthcoming.

Complaint courtesy Courthousenews

Blockbuster Belly-up?

November 18, 2008

According to this posting in, Blockbuster’s most recent 10-Q suggests that the credit crunch has hit them hard.   I’ve never been found of them.  I dislike the way they focus on really popular movies and discriminate against NC-17 films.  And the stores!  Oy vay.

Link to blog posting