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California Lemon Law Guide: The Lemon Law Can Penalize Manufacturers For Failure to Buy Back Cars: Schreidel v. American Honda

In Schreidel v. American Honda, the jury awarded the consumer plaintiff double damages under the Lemon Law.  In that case the jury heard of the consumer’s 6 repair attempts for her clutch where Honda claimed it “could not duplicate” the problem, which the consumer told them was only occasional.  The jury also heard how an…

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California Lemon Law Guide: What Is a “Substantial Impairment of Use, Value or Safety”: Schreidel v. American Honda

Is your car a “lemon”?  Under the Lemon Law’s terms, you must have suffered a substantial impairment of the vehicle’s use, value or safety.    The case, Schreidel v. American Honda Motor Co., 34 Cal.App.4th 1242 (1995) provides examples.  In that case, the early appearance and repeated clutch problems caused the consumer to feel like…

201708.10
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California Lemon Law Guide: Your Expert Fees Are Recoverable: Jensen v. BMW

Many times consumers are forced to hire their own mechanic or other expert to assist with their Lemon Law case.  The Court in Jensen v. BMW specifically held that those expenses are recoverable by the consumer who wins their case against a manufacturer.  All reasonably incurred expert expense, just as any other cost, and just…

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Ford Focus and Fiesta Lemon Law Alert: Beware the September 5 Class Action Deadline

So you received notice of the class action settlement for 2012-2016 Ford Fiesta or Ford Focuses, what now? Make sure to contact a lemon law lawyer If your Fiesta or Focus has experienced the same shuddering, hesitating, jerking, lack of power, failure to shift, failure to start, grinding, activation of the “CHECK ENGINE” warning light,…

201708.04
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Ford Explorer Exhaust Leaks Plague the Police

NHTSA is investigating, and several police and sheriff departments across the country have complained about, exhaust leaks in the Ford Explorer.  CO2 monitors have been installed by some of these departments and others claim officers have been getting sick or even passed out.  Dramatic video shows a Ford Explorer police SUV crashing.   If you…

201708.04
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California Lemon Law Guide: Krotin v. Porsche and the Manufacturer’s Duty to Repurchase

Today starts The Consumer’s Friend Blog’s review of the key cases in California Lemon Law. The first up is Krotin v. Porsche Cars of North America, 38 Cal.App.4th 294 (1995). This is a very important case for consumers. It tells us that the manufacturer (who warranted the vehicle) has an affirmative duty to buyback its…

201703.15
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Dodge Dart Lemon Law Alert: Defective Clutches

We have been contacted by Dodge Dart owners regarding their Lemon Law rights.  Here is the complaint: the Dodge Dart  clutch pedals get stuck on the floors due to defective clutch master cylinders in the Fiat C635 manual transmissions. According to several cases already on file, the Dart transmission has defects in the clutch master cylinder…

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Remembering the Great Clarence Ditlow — The Consumer’s Lawyer

We’d like to share some thoughts about a pioneer and icon of consumer rights, Clarence Ditlow of the Center for Auto Safety, written by another fantastic consumer warrior, Rosemary Shahan of Consumers for Automobile Reliability and Safety : “Tonight, Clarence’s colleagues, friends, and family are gathered together in Washington, DC to honor and remember Clarence…