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Recent Lemon Law Case Highlights:

Model: BMW i8

Outcome: Lemon Law Buy Back
Description: Client's vehicle was stalling out. The manufacturer was unable to repair the defect.

Model: Ford C-Max

Outcome: Lemon Law Buy Back
Description: There was a water leak in the vehicle that could potentially cause damage to the interior. The manufacturer was unable to fix the leak.

Model: Jeep Cherokee

Outcome: Lemon Law Breach of Warranty
Description: The repairs were made to the Jeep Cherokee, but even after the repairs, the vehicle was not able to reach its full resale value.

Model: Ford Explorer

Outcome: Lemon Law Breach of Warranty
Description: The repairs were made to the Ford Explorer. The damage to the paint was severe enough to cause a loss in value of the car's resale value.

Model: Ford F-150

Outcome: Lemon Law Breach of Warranty
Description: The repairs were made to the truck. Unfortunately, the truck was not able to recover full value after the repairs. The client was able to secure a loss in value claim against the manufacturer.

Model: Ford F-150

Outcome: Lemon Law Buy Back
Description: The client's vehicle had multiple water leaks. The manufacturer was unable to fix the problem. A buyback was issued to the client.

Model: Mini Cooper

Outcome: Lemon Law Breach of Warranty Claim
Description: The client's Mini Cooper had an oil leak. The manufacturer was unable to fulfill their warranty.

Model: Mini Cooper

Outcome: Dealer Fraud Buy Back
Description: The dealer failed to disclose a prior accident the vehicle was involved in. This led to the delaer being forced to buy back the vehicle.

Model: Maserati

Outcome: Lemon Law Buy Back
Description: The client's Maserati suffered engine failure shortly after being purchased. The manufacturer was unable to repair the engine.

Model: High-End Electric Car

Outcome: Lemon Law Buy Back

Model: Fiat 500

Outcome: Lemon Law Buy Back
Description: The manufacturer was unable to repair the client's car.

Model: Chevy Silverado

Outcome: Vibration Complaint
Description: The client's vehicle was violently vibrating when it reached a certian speed. The manufacturer was unable to repair the client's truck.

Model: Dodge Ram

Outcome: Lemon Law Buy Back
Description: The client was experiencing electrical problems as well as transmission issues. The manufacturer was unable to repair the issues.

Model: Nissan Rogue

Outcome: Lemon Law Buy Back
Description: The client's SUV was suffering from continuous loss of power. The manufacturer was unable to repair the vehicle.

Model: Nissan Rogue

Outcome: Lemon Law Buy Back
Description: The client's SUV was having trouble with the air conditioning and mold began to grow inside the vehicle. The problem was irreversible. The manufacturer was forced to buy back the vehicle.

Model: Toyota Camry

Outcome: Lemon Law Buy Back
Description: The client's Camry was experiencing complications with the air conditioning unit. As a result, mold began to grow inside the vehicle. The problem was deemed unrepairable.

Model: Subaru

Outcome: Lemon Law Buy Back
Description: The client was experiencing problems with the vehicle's transmission. The manufacturer was not able to correct the problem. A full buy back was issued.

Brotz v. KIA Motors

Outcome: Repurchase of Plaintiff's thirty four thousand dollar ($34,000.00) KIA Sedona.

Description: Plaintiff sought a repurchase pursuant to the New Jersey Lemon Law for his 2007 KIA Sedona or monetary damages under the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act for the diminution in value of his vehicle.

Plaintiff's vehicle experienced water leaks, the first two (2) leaks occurred within one (1) month of each other, the third water leak occurred one (1) year later. Plaintiff also had one (1) repair attempt for a "no start" condition and one (1) complaint for inoperable electric doors.

After only being awarded four thousand dollars ($4,000.00) by an arbitration panel, Plaintiff was awarded a statutory repurchase for their three (3) year old vehicle (full refund of all payments and costs) by a unanimous jury award pursuant to the New Jersey Lemon Law.

David v. Manufacturer

Outcome: Full Refund (Lemon Law Repurchase) - 2012 Midsize Car.

Description: Client's vehicle suffered from a transmission shudder/grinding noise/lack of power. After several clutch and seal replacements the manufacturer was unable to repair the defect. Client received a full refund of his down payment, monthly payments and their loan was paid off after return of the vehicle.

Jennifer v. Manufacturer

Outcome: Full Refund (Lemon Law Repurchase) - 2013 Midsize Car.

Description: Client's vehicle suffered from a transmission shudder/grinding noise/lack of power. Client's vehicle suffered from a well known clutch/transmission defect. Manufacturer failed to honor the warranty and attempted to hide repairs to the vehicle. After seven (7) months of discovery work by our office, client received a full refund of her down payment, monthly payments and their loan was paid off after return of the vehicle.

Robert v. Manufacturer

Outcome: Cash Settlement for Loss in Value (outside of lemon law) - 2013 4x4 SUV.

Description: Client's vehicle suffered from a water leak coming from the vehicle's roof, but the problem and repairs were reported outside of the lemon law period. Although outside the lemon law period, client received a cash settlement for the loss in value of the Jeep.

Dave v. Manufacturer

Outcome: Full Refund (Lemon law repurchase) - 2010 Hybrid.

Description: Client attended an informal dispute arbitration program (BBB or NCDS) without an attorney and lost their case. Client then called Timothy Abeel & Associates and we were able to resolve the case shortly after suit with the manufacturer. Client received a repurchase (full refund) and return of the vehicle.

Johnson v. Manufacturer

Outcome: Arbitration award and settlement for four thousand nine hundred and eighty six dollars ($4986.00) and attorneys fees.

Description: 2011 sports car with an engine overheating defect.

Manufacturer rebuilt and replaced the engine under warranty. Manufacturer argued that Plaintiff was racing the subject vehicle and therefore due to his misuse and abuse, Manufacturer was not liable for a breach of warranty as the warranty does not cover misuse or abuse. Manufacturer further argued Plaintiff's misuse was demonstrated by the evidence of two (2) accidents with the subject vehicle, the tires on the subject vehicle were replaced at twenty thousand (20,000) miles, Plaintiff's driver's license was suspended twice in the last year.

Plaintiff was able to demonstrate that the vehicle still suffered from an overheating defect after the engine replacement and demonstrated that Plaintiff's actions could not be the cause of the defect. An arbitration panel awarded plaintiff's expert number of twenty (20%) for the dimunition in in value of the subject vehicle due to the defects that were not repaired in a reasonable time under the warranty.

Brian v. Manufacturer

Outcome: Full Refund (Repurchase) - 2013 SUV within 60 days of calling the firm.

Description: Airbag light defect. With a full size adult sitting in the passenger seat, the vehicle's airbag light remained on. When the vehicle's airbag light is on, the airbag will not deploy in the event of an accident. Manufacturer bought the vehicle back prior to suit and refunded the client their money.

Richard v. Manufacturer

Outcome: Replacement (Brand New Comparable Vehicle) - 2014 Pickup Truck resolved prior to Court Arbitration date.

Description: After an unreasonable amount of repair attempts were attempted to repair a defective transmission on the client's new 2014 pickup truck, client received a brand new 2014 pickup truck with the same options.

Ron v. Manufacturer

Outcome: Settlement within 60 days of calling the firm for a brand new 2014 replacement vehicle.

Description: 2011 Mid-sized Hybrid sedan. An unreasonable amount of repairs for jerking feel while driving and sudden drop in gear causing a loss in vehicle speed. Client received a brand new vehicle - same make, model, color and options.

Mike v. Manufacturer

Outcome: Full Refund (Repurchase) - 2012 SUV shortly after filing suit.

Description: Airbag light defect, vehicle was subject to six (6) repair attempts. With a full size adult sitting in the passenger seat, the vehicle's airbag light remained on. When the vehicle's airbag light is on, the airbag will not deploy in the event of an accident. Manufacturer bought the vehicle back shortly after filing suit and refunded the client their money.

Mike v. Manufacturer

Outcome: Settlement - PA Lemon Law Repurchase.

Description: Sports Coupe purchased new. Plaintiff experienced rattles in driver and passenger doors, dash board, rear deck. Sun roof, headliner and speaker material workmanship defects. A BBB arbitrator awarded a non-lemon law repurchase (resulting in a five thousand ($5,000.00) mileage for usage charge to plaintiff). Plaintiff rejected the award and filed suit. Plaintiff was awarded thirty five hundred dollars ($3,500.00) in cash damages and attorney fees for a breach of warranty claim at a court arbitration. Defendant appealed the award. On the day of jury selection, Defendant agreed to repurchase vehicle per the terms and conditions of the Pennsylvania Lemon Law resulting in a three hundred and ninety ($390.00) mileage offset for use (in addition to a full refund of all payments, down payment, taxes and interest paid) and the payment of plaintiff's attorney fees.

Adam v. Manufacturer

Outcome: Cash settlement for a defective navigation system on 2013 SUV.

Description: 2013 SUV. An unreasonable amount of repairs for a defective navigation system. System would show the vehicle on the wrong road, freeze up, touch screen disabled. Client received a cash settlement for the loss in value of his vehicle.

Dee v. Manufacturer

Outcome: Cash settlement for an oil consumption defect - 2012 sports coupe.

Description: An unreasonable amount of repairs for a known oil consumption problem with this type of vehicle. Vehicle consuming oil at an irregular rate. Client's vehicle was outside of manufacturer's warranty period, but repairs began during the warranty period. Client received a cash settlement for the loss in value of his vehicle + fraud.

Sarah v. Manufacturer

Outcome: Settlement within 60 days of calling the firm for a full lemon law refund.

Description: 2012 Mid-sized sedan. an unreasonable amount of repairs for a no start defect, radio defect burning/coolant smells and a/c defects.

Emily v. Manufacturer

Outcome: Settlement within 60 days of calling the firm for a brand new replacement vehicle.

Description: 2014 Mid-sized sport utility vehicle. Water leak from sunroof that was subject to an unreasonable amount of repairs.

Randy v. Manufacturer

Outcome: Full Refund (Lemon Law Repurchase) - 2013 Midsize Sedan.

Description: Client's vehicle suffered from a turbo failure causing the vehicle to lose power at highway speeds. After unsuccessfully spending a month trying to settle the case on his own with the manufacturer, client called our office and received a full refund of his down payment, monthly payments and their loan was paid off after return of the vehicle after just a short time.

Stephen v. Manufacturer

Outcome: Full Lemon Law refund (repurchase) of vehicle's payments per the Lemon Law within 60 days of calling the firm.

Description: 2013 Full Size Pick-up leased new. Unreasonable amount of repair attempts for a no-start defect.

Will v. Manufacturer

Outcome: Full Lemon Law refund (repurchase) of vehicle's payments per the New Jersey Lemon Law and a cash recovery for client per the New Jersey Fraud Act.

Description: Misrepresentation as to vehicle's range on a new car. Lemon Law repurchase - full refund of car payments, down payment, taxes and an additional cash recovery for client per the New Jersey Fraud Act.

Keith v. Manufacturer

Outcome: Cash settlement within 60 days of calling the firm.

Description: 2013 SUV - Transmission + Radio Problem that have now been resolved.

Mark v. Manufacturer

Outcome: Full Lemon Law refund (repurchase) of vehicle's payments and payment of attorney fees.

Description: 2014 SUV - Transmission Complaint. Lemon Law repurchase - full refund all payments, down payment, taxes, interest, trade equity.

Lisa v. Manufacturer

Outcome: Full Refund (repurchase) - 2008 Coupe.

Description: Client's vehicle was experiencing a loss of power and shutting down at highway speeds. Even though the vehicle was six (6) years old and outside of the lemon law period (most states allow a 1-2 year period), we were able to obtain a repurchase (full refund) of the vehicle due to this dangerous condition. This is far from a typical result, but a great one for our client as they were outside of the lemon law period, but still received a full refund for their defective vehicle.

Bob v. Manufacturer

Outcome: Full Lemon Law refund (repurchase) of vehicle's payments and payment of attorney fees.

Description: Lemon Law repurchase - full refund of two (2) years worth of payments, down payment, taxes, interest, trade equity. Defective engine components. Client received repurchase settlement within 30 days of calling the firm.

Steve v. Manufacturer

Outcome: Cash settlement for loss in value due to transmission defects experienced with the vehicle.

Description: 2012 compact vehicle purchased new, four (4) repair attempts for a transmission shutter. Cash settlement within 30 days of calling the firm.

Ed v. Manufacturer

Outcome: Full Lemon Law refund(repurchase) of vehicle's payments and cash recovery for client under the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Act and attorney fees.

Description: Oil consumption defect on a new car. Lemon Law repurchase - full refund of two (2) years worth of payments, down payment, taxes, interest and an additional cash recovery for client under the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Act and attorney fees.

Rueda v. Hyundai

Outcome: Jury verdict - Breach of warranty for plaintiff.

Description: 2011 Sonata with a pulling/steering defect. Thirty six (36) month lease. After a three (3) day trial, the jury awarded plaintiff more than plaintiff's expert evaluation for the loss in value of the vehicle even though the car had more miles than the allotted lease contract allowed, plaintiff sustained damage to the car and the defense had a video of the car tracking straight down the road.

Freda v. Manufacturer

Outcome: Repurchase and attorney fees.

Description: 2011 sedan purchased new with a pulling condition defect. Four documented repair orders, only two repair orders stating the condition. Dealer was never able to duplicate the complaint. A Better Business Bureau (BBB) arbitrator ruled for the Plaintiff resulting in a settlement prior to filing suit. Case was featured as a consumer story on CBS 3.

Joe v. Manufacturer

Outcome: Settled for arbitration award.

Description: 2011 SUV. Vehicle was brought to the dealership seven times for a transmission shifting complaint. Dealership was never able to duplicate. Arbitration award of four thousand five hundred eighty six dollars ($4,586.00) and reasonable attorney fees.

Judy v. Manufacturer

Outcome: Repurchase.

Description: Defective new SUV. Plaintiff was unable to start vehicle on numerous occassions. Arbitration award of eight thousand eight hundred sixty dollars ($8860) and attorney fees. Post arbitration settlement resulting in a repurchase of vehicle.

Joe v. Manufacturer

Outcome: Settlement of fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000.00) and termination of the lease.

Description: Client leased a new 2010 sedan. Plaintiff encountered a transmission defect in which the vehicle would not engage into drive intermittently. After a lemon win at arbitration, the case settled for fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000.00) for the client and termination of the lease and attorney fees / costs.

Tom v. Manufacturer

Outcome: Fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000.00) settlement.

Description: SUV with water leak resulting in a fifteen thousand dollar ($15,000.00) settlement.

Charles v. Manufacturer

Outcome: Full Refund (Lemon law repurchase) - 2012 Mid sized Sedan.

Description: Client purchased a 2012 mid-sized sedan and began having problems with the tire pressure warning light. The light continued to go on and the client was back and forth to the dealership seven times hoping to have the problem fixed. After contacting the firm the vehicle manufacturer agreed to repurchase the vehicle (issue a full refund to the client) and agreed to pay attorneys fees. This case was a difficult one to obtain a full repurchase on as the Lemon Law is mostly applicable in cases with substantial defects such as water and oil leaks, brake issues, etc…Even so, 60 days after hiring our firm the client was completely relieved of the burden the vehicle had caused.

Bill v. Manufacturer

Outcome: Repurchase.

Description: Truck with a defective diesal system. Lemon Law repurchase award at arbitration resulting in a repurchase settlement post arbitration.

Joe v. Manufacturer

Outcome: Twenty six thousand dollar ($26,000.00) settlement.

Description: Plaintiff's truck suffered from several engine defects that were repaired under the manufacturer's warranty for a period of several years. Defendant argued that Plaintiff's misuse was the cause of the issues and returned Plaintiff's vehicle to Plaintiff in a state of disrepair. After an arbitration panel ruled in favor of the Defendant, Plaintiff was able to settle the claim for twenty six thousand dollar ($26,000.00) prior to jury selection.

Frank v. Manufacturer

Outcome: Repurchase of Plaintiff's forty two thousand dollar ($42,000.00) SUV.

Description: Plaintiff's vehicle suffered from a water leak in the front dash area of the vehicle. After successfully winning a repurchase at arbitration, Plaintiff was able to settle with Defendant for a repurchase of Plaintiff's vehicle after arbitration. The manufacturer bought back Plaintiff's forty two thousand dollar ($42,000.00) SUV.

Joe v. Manufacturer

Outcome: Repurchase (full refund) + attorney fees.

Description: 2009 New Family Sedan surging problems with transmission. Defense award at informal dispute resolution arbitration (BBB/NCDS) Plaintiff filed a lawsuit. Court arbitration award in Franklin County Pennsylvania for Plaintiff for a Lemon Law full refund and attorney fees. In addition the court denied Defendant's motions for summary judgment, denied their motion for a second vehicle inspection, denied their motion for partial summary judgment as to treble damages and the Court denied sanctions against plaintiff's counsel. One (1) year after arbitration, just prior to jury trial, the case was settled for a repurchase (full refund) and attorney fees.


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