Posted On: June 24, 2008

Helpful consumer laws besides the Texas Lemon Law

Jim Donovan from CBS 3 of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania recently wrote an online story regarding alternative recourses that consumers have, especially in situations where state lemon laws are inapplicable.

Specifically, Mr. Donovan properly pointed out that the federal Magnuson Moss Act may help consumers who suffer damages from being sold defective vehicles, even pre-owned or used cars with warranty.

Here, the Texas lemon law is very restrictive in terms of rebuttable presumptions and the deadline to file a claim. When a potential client comes to my office and the deadline to file a claim under the Texas Lemon Law has passed, I usually explore with the consumer on whether the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices (DTPA) or the federal Magnuson Moss Act would help them.

For more details on Mr. Donovan's article, go here.

Posted On: June 11, 2008

LawLink.com website provides an online network exclusivley for attorneys.

Often times, I am asked for referrals of attorneys who handles non-Texas lemon law related cases and do not know who to send the potential clients to. Recently, I discovered that lawlink.com provides a network that is designed exclusively for attorneys. It looks like I will be using the information found on their website to contact other attorneys practicing in other areas of law that is not lemon law related.

Posted On: June 2, 2008

Used Car generally not applicable to most state Lemon Laws

Action Express, a consumer advocacy group in New Jersey, recently posted a response to a consumer's questions as to whether their used lemon car qualifies for New Jersey's lemon law.

Although New Jersey has a provision to protect car buyers of pre-owned lemon cars, the provisions are limited. For example, the law requires that the subject vehicle must be: 7 model years or less, cost at least $3,000, and have less than 100,000 miles at the time of purchase.

The key to protecting yourself and making sure you qualify for NJ's provision for used lemon cars?....make sure you meet the 3 requirements above and make sure the vehicle is not sold "as is."

Comparatively speaking, the Texas Lemon Law is available to new cars only, with limited exceptions for used cars where the factory warranty was still active at the time of purchase.