Hard to believe that they didn't just pay a settlement and ask for non-disclosure from this point forward. The damage has been done. Any PR
or crisis management firm would have given the dealership this advice.
While I too am curious what really happened and what will result from the court case, Autobahn really should look at the situation as a no-win situation. They need to look at this from the perspective of loss mitigation.
When this is all over, it really doesn't matter who wins to Autobahn, it should be the perception of their customer base that matters most to their business. If Autobahn really felt the OP is taking advantage of the situation, they can hold on to that opinion and still settle to make sure Tommy feels vindicated and goes away.
This whole mess will make for a great Harvard Business Review article for how NOT to manage a PR
crisis. Even if Autobahn prevails in court, they have already lost many fold in customer goodwill.
The truth manifests itself in different shades, all depending on the angle of your view. Regardless of the who said what, what they did, there is only one outcome. Autobahn loses - the only questions is when will they stop the bleeding.