UPDATE: John Cena Has Finally Settled With Ford Over GT Lawsuit
June 19th, 2018
If you haven't been following, John Cena and Ford have been battling it out over the Ford GT Cena bought and then sold against the contract.
But now, the professional wrestler has settled the lawsuit with Ford over the sale of his Ford GT. Cena was contractually obligated to keep the limited-run supercar for 24 months, but sold his anyway. Now he is settling that lawsuit with Ford for an undisclosed amount, which Ford will donate to charity, according to an announcement made by Cena’s legal team today.
The backstory: Cena was one of the chosen ones to receive a limited-edition Ford GT, which comes with a contract stating the owner won’t resell the car for at least 2 years. And according to Road & Track, Cena sold his and is now being sued by the automaker. Ford claims Cena broke the contract and sold the new GT that’s already worth $450,000 for a profit. Cena acknowledged he was in the wrong after Ford reached out to him and has since said he will “make things right”.
However, now Cena claims there was never any restriction in the paperwork he signed. Ford requires all GT buyers to sign a contract stating they will not resell the car for at least 2 years or they will face legal action. TMZ reported that new court documents filed in Michigan say the final contract Cena signed didn't include any language about having to keep the car two years before being able to sell it and Cena is now asking the Judge to throw out the case.
And just over a week before Ford sued Cena for selling his car against a customer agreement, the automaker also went after the dealer that bought the car in a rushed attempt to prevent a resale. Apparently, the attempt failed and the car was gone before Ford could stop it. Ford sued Cena on Nov. 30 and the Chico, California dealer New Autos Inc. on Nov. 22 of last year. That first lawsuit has been widely covered—the second one, not so much. Neither case has been closed yet, with Cena and Ford’s non-jury trial estimated between April and June of 2019.
The original complaint accused the dealer of being aware of Ford’s customer agreement and resale restrictions with Cena, and sought for the court to stop any future sales of the car, deem “prior sale or sales” as void, and require the dealer to pay monetary damages, Ford’s litigation fees and return the vehicle.
When a GT was sold at a Mecum auction recently, Ford wasn't happy about it but a judge ruled in Mecum’s favor about selling the car.