Plaintiffs-appellants Empire Volkswagen, Inc., Empire City Motors, Inc. and Susanne Properties, companies formerly associated with Volkswagen-Porsche-Audi and Ford dealerships in Poughkeepsie, New York, and Donald Amerling, principal owner of those companies, appeal from a judgment entered in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (Kram, J.) in favor of defendant-appellee World-Wide Volkswagen, Inc. ("World-Wide"). Appellants' complaint asserted federal Automobile Dealers' Day in Court Act ("Dealers' Act") claims, see 15 U.S.C. § 1221 et seq. (1982), federal and state antitrust claims, and various pendent state law claims. World-Wide asserted various counterclaims.
In an amended order dated February 27, 1986, Judge Kram granted summary judgment dismissing appellants' federal and state antitrust claims. She held that only Empire Volkswagen had standing to assert a claim under the Dealers' Act but dismissed that claim insofar as it alleged that World-Wide's wrongful conduct was in response to Empire Volkswagen's efforts to sell Ford automobiles from a Volkswagen-Porsche-Audi showroom. Judge Kram denied World-Wide's summary judgment motion regarding Empire Volkswagen's other Dealers' Act claims, as well as the pendent state law claims and World-Wide's counterclaims.
Appellants then moved, pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 41(a)(2), for judgment dismissing all remaining claims against World-Wide and granting World-Wide's counterclaims. On appeal, they press their Dealers' Act and antitrust claims and seek to "revive" those claims voluntarily dismissed in the district court. We affirm.
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