An administrative law judge in New York has sided with a Maserati dealership in a lawsuit over whether changes to incentive programs constitute modifications to a franchise agreement.

Wide World Maserati in Spring Valley, N.Y., argued in a New York court last month that when Maserati North America reduced holdback payments to the dealership on sold vehicles, the change qualified as a franchise modification, regulated by New York's dealership law, as revised in 2009.