Posted On: August 24, 2008

Similar to Texas Lemon Law, Washington Lemon Law Requires Special Disclosures

Washington Lemon Law requires that repurchased or reacquired vehicles must have special disclosures so that consumers are informed of the vehicle's status when the consumer purchases the pre-owned vehicle. Specifically, a bright yellow flier must be placed on the vehicle's window and it must state, "Lemon Law Resale Notice of Nonconformity or Serious Safety Defect."

Recently, McCann Motors of Fife, Washington reached a settlement agreement with the Washington Attorney's Office over a controversy where the car dealership failed to provide the disclosure to seventy-nine customer who purchased luxury cars from the dealership.

Texas lemon law
also requires similar disclosures as Washington's lemon law. However, the law only requires such special disclosures only if the vehicle was repurchased or reacquired through the state's formal lemon law program -- that leaves out a lot of vehicle that has been repurchased informally without going through the lemon law arbitration/administrative program.

For example, if a consumer hires a lemon law attorney and is able to negotiate a repurchase without going through the lemon law program or filing a lawsuit, then that vehicle arguably does not require any special disclosures, but may potentially be a problematic lemon vehicle for subsequent owners.

Posted On: August 19, 2008

Primary difference between New York & Texas Lemon Law

I recently visited another lemon law blog that specifically caters to consumers in other non-Texas states. Since December 2007, attorney Sergei Lemberg has been posting great and insightful blog articles pertaining to the lemon laws in the state of New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Maryland.

In his recent blog post dated on August 18th, 2008, Mr. Lemberg outlines the requirements of the New York Lemon Law. Luckily for New Yorkers, the New York Lemon Law appears to cover consumer owners who were not the original owner of the subject vehicle. Unfortunately, this is where the Texas lemon law primarily contrasts with the New York Lemon Law.

In January of 2008, Mr. Lemberg was also featured in the New York Daily Newspaper about his recent legal work for consumers such as Carmine Maiorano, who purchased a defective Dodge Magnum. Mr. Lemberg was able to take on the case against car manufacturer Chrysler and assist Carmen with his defective Chrysler car.

For more information about Mr. Lemberg's blog, go here.

Posted On: August 7, 2008

Florida Consumer Lemon Law Complaint Resources

The Miami Herald recently posted an article on its website, where it lists a plethora of resources for Floridians consumers who need to file complaints. For example, a Miami consumer who would like to file a Lemon Law complaint against the car manufacturer can contact the cities' Consumer Services Department. Of course, a consumer may also contact an attorney that handles lemon law claims in Florida to get more detailed information about one's rights and recourse.

In addition to lemon law resources, the Miami Herald also included information for consumer with debt trouble, home improvement discrepancies, landlord/tenant disputes, and other issues. For more information, go here.

Similarly, in Texas, a consumer with a lemon car can contact my law office by calling my number toll free. Alternatively, they can contact the Texas Department of Transportation's lemon law department.

Regardless of what state you are in, if you have a suspicion that you purchased a lemon, be sure to check out what the statute of limitation or deadline to file a lemon la complaint is.

Posted On: August 1, 2008

Consumer must prove he did not abuse lemon law

One disadvantage that the Texas Lemon Law has as compared to other state lemon laws such as Wisconsin is that Texas Lemon Law does not provide for double or treble damages for the car dealership or manufacturer's willful or intentional conduct for thwarting its lemon refund or repurchase obligations.

Ironically, the tables are turned now for a consumer in Wisconsin. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a consumer who purchased a lemon car now has to prove that he did not in bad faith abuse the Wisconsin Lemon Law in order to obtain double damages against the car manufacturer.

For more information, click here.