Jeep Cherokee, Renegade & Compass Subject to California Lemon Laws – Model Years 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Excessive Oil Consumption Model years 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 Jeep Cherokee, Renegade & Compass have defects that may impair your use, value, and safety.  These vehicles are equipped with a 2.4L Tigershark inline 4-cylinder engine and may experience excessive oil consumption - reported by some drivers as one quart of oil every...
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Chevy Avalanches, Silverados, Suburbans, Tahoes, and GM Sierras, Yukons Are Subject to California Lemon Laws – Model Years 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Excessive Oil Consumption Model years 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 Chevrolet Avalanches, Silverados, Suburbans, Tahoes, and GM Sierras, Yukons, and Ukon XLs have safety defects.  Several drivers have reported that the safety defects in these trucks and SUVs cause the vehicles to lose power while driving.  These vehicles are equipped with the Generation IV Vortec...
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California Lemon Law’s Fee Shifting Levels the Playing Field Between Consumers Stuck With a Lemon and Large Multinational Automakers

The California Lemon Law allows consumers who successfully sue to recover as damages the price “paid or payable” for the subject vehicle, subject to an offset in favor of the auto manufacturer for plaintiffs’ use of the vehicle prior to first defect.  Plaintiffs may also recover for violations of express warranty civil...
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Courts Must Not Consider Contingency Amounts in Deciding What MFG Must Pay for Attorney’s Fees in California Lemon Law Fee Shifting Cases

The appellate court in Reynolds v. Ford Motor Company, --- Cal.Rptr.3d ----, 2020 WL 1921742, made it absolutely clear:  Courts cannot consider the contingency fee when making statutory fee awards under the California Lemon Law fee shifting provisions.  Trial court judges have no discretion to reduce or deny statutory fee awards based on a...
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Wirtz Law APC Wins 1st Fraud Judgment in US against Ford Motor Company for $632,141.03 for a 2014 Focus DPS6 Transmission-UPDATED

Our client, the plaintiff, purchased a brand new 2014 Focus for $40,007, including add-ons and financing. Within three days, the transmission began to slip and shudder. He took the Ford Focus back to the dealer for nine different transmission repairs during the three years he owned the vehicle, and 10 times for other repairs....
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Automakers Have an Affirmative Duty under California Lemon Law to Repurchase Lemons without a Call from the Consumer

In 1995, the Krotin v. Porsche Cars North America, Inc., 38 Cal.App.4th 294 court clarified how the California Lemon Law is supposed to work.  In rejecting a jury instruction putting an unwarranted burden on California consumers to reject or revoke acceptance of the vehicle to obtain California Lemon Law remedies, the court held that...
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Can Consumers Recover Emotional Distress Damages under the California Lemon Law?

The California Lemon Law (Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act) provides specific remedies and damages to California consumers, including restitution (refund) and civil penalties.  Despite the harrowing experiences and frustrations unrepaired defects in cars cause, as a general rule, damages strictly for emotional distress are not recoverable under the California Lemon Law. (Kwan...
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