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Consumer Lemon Law

4 Lemon Law Case Studies Where Consumers Won Their Case

Lemon Law Cases

Buying a new car or vehicle should be exciting, right? But what if it comes with constant problems? Don’t worry, the U.S got your back with the “Lemon Law.” 

 

Let’s take a look at some of the most surprising Lemon Law cases that have happened in the U.S.

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A Luxury Lemon Law Case: The 2016 Rolls Royce Ghost

Plaintiff Daniel Ruderman initiated this action in the Los Angeles County Superior Court, citing three causes of action under the Song-Beverly Act. Subsequently, Rolls-Royce removed the case to federal court, leading to the current legal proceedings.

The pivotal moment arrived when Rolls-Royce moved to compel arbitration on September 23, 2020.

 

The Root of the problem

Ruderman’s claims stem from his leasing of a 2016 Rolls Royce Ghost, which he alleges to be defective. Despite attempts at repair by Rolls-Royce, the issues persisted, prompting Ruderman’s legal action.

Rolls-Royce Position

Rolls-Royce’s motion hinges on two primary contentions: its status as a third-party beneficiary of the arbitration agreement and the invocation of equitable estoppel. Let’s dissect each argument meticulously to grasp the court’s rationale.

Third-Party Beneficiary

Rolls-Royce asserts its entitlement to enforce the arbitration agreement as an intended third-party beneficiary. Central to this claim is the contractual language that ostensibly encompasses affiliates of the auto seller.

However, the court, in alignment with Ruderman’s stance, found this interpretation unpersuasive. While the contract indeed references affiliates, the pivotal clause delineates arbitration rights between the contracting parties, excluding Rolls-Royce.

Equitable Estoppel

The doctrine of equitable estoppel empowers nonsignatories to enforce arbitration agreements under specific circumstances. However, its application demands a meticulous examination of the underlying contractual obligations and the interdependence of the involved parties’ actions. In this instance, the court, guided by precedent, ruled against Rolls-Royce’s invocation of equitable estoppel, aligning with the prevailing legal interpretation.

Conclusion

The court found that there was enough proof that the vehicle was defective for the consumer to invoke the Lemon Law. 

 

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Electric Vehicles: A Bumpy Ride

Next, let’s look at electric vehicles (EVs). Some EVs, like the Chevrolet Bolt and Ford F-150 Lightning, have had their own problems. The Chevrolet Bolt had a fire risk because of an issue with LG’s battery pack. This led to General Motors (GM) recalling all Bolt EVs and Bolt EUVs made until August 2021.

 

Then, there was the Ford F-150 Lightning that caught fire at a Ford storage lot. Plus, the Mustang Mach-E electric crossovers were recalled because of overheating battery contactors when the vehicle was driven hard. The fix for this was a software update.

 

Even though these vehicles have had issues, their manufacturers are working hard to fix the problems to keep their customers safe and happy.

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The SUV That Wouldn't Stop Breaking Down

One couple had a bad time with their sport utility vehicle (SUV) because of never-ending brake problems. The SUV needed two sets of brake pads in just 14,000 miles. The manufacturer wouldn’t replace the second set of brake pads, blaming the couple for aggressive driving.

 

The couple didn’t believe that their driving was the problem. They thought the SUV itself was faulty. A jury agreed with the couple, highlighting how the Lemon Law helps consumers when manufacturers don’t fix persistent issues.

RV Problems: A Vacation Nightmare

Imagine buying a recreational vehicle (RV) for fun trips with the family. But instead, it ends up being more of a hassle than a joy.

 

There was a case where an RV made by Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc. had several problems. It had water leaks, a faulty air conditioning system, and more. Plus, it was not usable for over a month because it needed repairs.

 

The owner of the RV was worried. Would these issues lower the value of the RV if they tried to sell it? Plus, could there be more problems hidden away?

 

The court looked at the situation carefully. They thought about what a regular person would think if they wanted to buy the RV. Would they want to buy it knowing about all these problems? The court decided that they wouldn’t.

 

Because of this, the court ruled in favor of the RV owner. They decided that the manufacturer of the RV should refund the owner for all the trouble they had gone through.

 

This case teaches us two things. First, even recreational vehicles like RVs can have problems. And second, if you find yourself in a similar situation, the Lemon Law is there to protect you.

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Stand Up for Your Rights

Having a ‘lemon’ vehicle, whether it’s a car, an RV, or even a motorcycle, can be a big headache. You might feel like you’re alone dealing with all the problems. But don’t worry. You have rights under the Lemon Law.

 

The Lemon Law is here to make sure manufacturers take responsibility for their vehicles. If your vehicle has constant problems, you can ask for a refund, a replacement, or some form of compensation.

 

Don’t let a ‘lemon’ vehicle ruin your day. If you find yourself with a faulty vehicle, reach out to a Lemon Law attorney. They will help guide you through the process of filing your lemon law claim.

 

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