A federal judge has dismissed part of a lawsuit brought by dealership software giant CDK Global Inc. against a group of dealerships that alleges the retailers improperly allowed third parties to access CDK’s dealership management system.
U.S. District Judge Robert Dow Jr., in an opinion issued last week, ruled that CDK has until the end of September to revise and resubmit its claim that the 17 dealerships violated the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, which guards against computer hacking.
Aside from that claim, Dow’s opinion sided mostly against the dealerships, which operate in six states and had asked the judge to dismiss CDK’s suit filed in February. Dow’s ruling allows CDK to continue pursuing claims that the dealerships committed breach of contract and that some of their allegedly unauthorized access also violated the federal Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
CDK declined to comment on pending litigation.
A lawyer for the dealerships expressed gratitude that the judge…