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DealerTrack, RouteOne Settle Patent Lawsuit

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FARMINGTON HILLS — Farmington Hills-based RouteOne LLC and a Lake Success, N.Y.-based competitor, DealerTrack Holdings Inc., announced a settlement Friday of a patent infringement lawsuit DealerTrack filed against RouteOne in 2004.

Who won is anyone’s guess, as no details of the settlement were revealed and both sides claimed victory.

RouteOne CEO Mike Jurecki said he “couldn’t be more pleased with the settlement and the outcome of the litigation. We believe it is a win-win for the parties, and equally as important a win for our customers.”

DealerTrack chairman and CEO said his company “preserved the strength of our patents, while achieving a successful outcome to the litigation.”

Under the terms of the settlement, DealerTrack and RouteOne will file a stipulation of dismissal today with Judge Andrew Guilford of the United States District Court for the Central District of California by which all claims raised by the parties in all cases brought by DealerTrack against RouteOne for alleged infringement of DealerTrack’s U.S. Patents Nos. 5,878,403, 6,587,841 and 7,181,427 are to be dismissed.  The consolidated case is entitled DealerTrack Inc. v. RouteOne LLC et al., CV-06-2335 AG (FMOx).

DealerTrack operates the auto industry’s largest online credit application network, providing North American automobile dealers with access to over 1,200 lenders. DealerTrack’s Dealer Management System provides dealers with easy-to-use tools and real-time data access to enhance their efficiency.

For more information visit: www.dealertrack.com.

RouteOne was formed in 2002 by Ally Financial (formerly General Motors Acceptance Corp.), Ford Motor Credit Co., TD Auto Finance (formerly Chrysler Financial), and Toyota Financial Services to create a more streamlined credit application for automobile dealers and their customers. Providing access to North American franchised and independent dealers, RouteOne’s Web-based system allows automotive dealers to submit credit applications to the largest indirect lenders, request credit reports, and increase profitability with RouteOne’s free Dealer Reporting Suite.

More at www.routeone.com.

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