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Friday, March 13, 2015

Honda CR-V Vibration Problem Has the Potential for Lemon Law Claims


What type of problem can be the basis for a lemon law claim?

With the great advances in the automotive field, it is always hard to believe when there is a mass defect in a certain type of vehicle or part. Unfortunately, this happens more than we realize and affects some of the most widely purchased brands. For example, in the recent past, certain Toyota vehicles were defective in a way that made them accelerate on their own. This was very dangerous and led to multiple deaths. If a vehicle is defective, the consumer may have a lemon law claim, even if the defect is a widespread one affecting many different vehicles of the same make or model.
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Friday, February 20, 2015

GM and Goodyear Issuing Recalls Involving Tires


Is my Chevy SUV safe to drive?

Dangerous SUVs and defective tires have cost hundreds of lives and hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. The most infamous cases involved Ford SUVs and Firestone tires. These cases arose in the 1990s and early 2000s, but a new issue has come to light involving General Motors (GM) SUVs and Goodyear tires.
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Monday, January 19, 2015

Honda Violates Federal Safety Laws


Why Did Honda Pay $70 Million in Fines?

 

Earlier this year, Honda was found to have violated federal safety reporting rules.  As a result of having been found to have violated the law, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that Honda agreed to increase their oversight of safety issues, enhance a third-party audit system and pay two $35 million fines.

The fines are the maximum amount NHTSA can assess for safety reporting violations.
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Monday, January 5, 2015

Chevrolet Dealership Accused of Violating Lemon Law


When can a car dealership be held responsible for violating the lemon law?


It is no secret that car dealerships can be resistant to lemon law claims. Taking back a vehicle they have sold and returning the money paid for it is a less than ideal situation for these parties.  But, car dealers are bound by the lemon law of the state in which they operate and they must afford customers the appropriate accommodations if they claim that a vehicle is a lemon.

A Louisiana Chevy dealer has recently been accused of violating the lemon law.  Mite Meggs, Jr.
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Lemon Law Dispute Results in $500,000 Settlement

What are the consequences if a manufacturer or retailer does not follow the applicable lemon law?

Lemon law claims are not always as straightforward as one would like.  Sometimes, a small related issue can complicate a claim so much that a court must intervene.  This is exactly what happened in a recent case coming out of Wisconsin.  

In 2007, Paccar, Inc. sold a brand new Kenworth truck to James Michael Leasing Company for approximately $135,000.  James Michael used the truck for about 3,000 miles before discovering that is was defective and making a claim under Wisconsin’s lemon law.  Paccar agreed to repurchase the truck for $135,847 plus interest.  What Paccar refused to refund was a $53 title fee paid by James Michael.  The dispute over this fee intensified the conflict between the parties so much that Paccar attempted to refund James Michael less money by claiming that it was entitled to a use allowance.

James Michael brought a lawsuit in a Wisconsin court.  The state court awarded the company $369,196 in damages and another $157,697 in attorneys’ fees.  The award, totaling over $500,000, is nearly four times the original purchase price of the truck.  The case was appealed and recently the 7th Circuit Court affirmed the state court ruling.   The court found that under Wisconsin law Paccar had a duty to issue a refund within 30 days of either the amount requested by the consumer or an amount determined to be appropriate by the company.  They held that the dispute over the nominal title fee was not enough to excuse Paccar from its statutory duty and that assurance that it would issue the refund was not enough.  The court noted that the judgment was large but appropriate due to the fact that Wisconsin’s lemon law favors the consumer.  

If your vehicle is defective, you might think that it is a good idea to attempt to make a lemon law claim on your own.  This is not the case.  These cases can become complicated quickly and it is therefore important to have a seasoned advocate on your side.  If you live in or around the Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Trenton areas, contact an experienced lemon law attorney today!


Monday, December 1, 2014

Tesla Settles Lemon Law Case


Lemon law cases have the potential to become contentious, especially when the subject of the suit is an exotic car with a high price tag.  Also, if the automaker starts making allegations against the consumer, the case might become more adversarial in nature.  The California auto-maker Tesla has recently been involved in a lemon lawsuit where allegations of tampering were made against a purchaser.
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Timothy Abeel & Associates Get Results for Lemon Law Clients


If you purchase a vehicle and it is defective in some way you may be entitled to a repurchase (full refund) or replacement under the lemon law.  But, half the battle in obtaining this relief is dealing with the manufacturer. These parties know what they can and cannot get away with when it comes to individuals attempting to enforce their lemon law rights. Sometimes, it is amazing what a difference being represented by an experienced attorney can make.

A great example of success after retaining counsel in a lemon law claim is the case of a one of our clients who had serious problems with a vehicle that had recently been purchased.
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Monday, October 27, 2014

The Lemon Law Presumption Explained


Automobile lemon laws are enacted to protect consumers from the costs and dangers associated with defective vehicles.  In most states, there is a lemon law presumption written into the law.  A legal presumption exists when a particular conclusion will be made when certain facts exist.  In the case of automobile lemon laws, a vehicle is presumed to be a lemon if it meets certain standards.  

These standards vary from state to state.
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Friday, October 10, 2014

Consumer Protection Lawsuit Against NJ Used Car Dealer Settled


New Jersey state law protects consumers against fraud.  Nevertheless, fraud still happens and when a consumer is the victim they may have recourse under the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act.  As a recent case illustrates, complaints of this kind are handled by the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs and can often lead to compensation.

A used luxury car dealership, Read more . . .


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Recent Success in Lemon Law Cases


As a consumer, you do not always get what we bargained for.  When it comes to a big purchase, such as a vehicle, it is important that you have some type of recourse.  This is where the Lemon Laws become important.  Vehicle Lemon Laws are meant to protect a consumer who purchases an automobile that is defective in some way.  At Timothy Abeel & Associates, we have a wide variety of experience in this area which has allowed us to obtain great results for our clients, even in difficult cases, such as the two listed below.
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Saturday, September 13, 2014

New Website Helps Car-Owners Find Defects


In 2014, there have been 46 million automobile recalls nationwide.  Owners of almost any car might, understandably, worry about hidden mechanical problems that could prove inconvenient or even life-threatening.

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