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Tom Maoli featured here in his Mercedes-Benz of Goldens Bridge dealership. (PRNewsfoto/Tom Maoli)

North State Custom also sued Mercedes itself, which Coccaro said allegedly effectively declared “tough luck” and stated it had no control over any dealerships. The lawsuit also called North State Custom competitor S&L Collision Center, assert it agreed to the payments and improper behavior and possess the now-uncertified North State Custom’s Mercedes business.

John Varachi, attorney for S&L Collision, before-mentioned in 2017 that S&L owner’s had “nothing really to say except really to deny” everything in the complaint and that “whatever he did was perfectly above board.” Mercedes at the time said it couldn’t commentate on pending litigation.