Jeep Grand Cherokee
Los Angeles Jury Awards $77,247.90, including 2x Civil Penalty against FCA for Defective 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee under California Lemon Law
Our client Angel R. purchased a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee to be the primary family vehicle for his wife and young kids to run errands and drive to school and the kids’ activities.
After less than two years of ownership, the Grand Cherokee developed various serious issues, most tied to the Totally Integrated Power Module (“TIPM”). After bringing it to FCA dealerships seven times and the issues remaining unfixed, Angel R. and his family lost confidence in the vehicle and FCA’s ability to fix the vehicle. Angel R. directly contacted FCA and asked for a repurchase. Despite the seven chances to fix the vehicle and Angel R.’s direct request, FCA refused to repurchase the vehicle.
After FCA’s refusal, Angel R. hired counsel. The case went to trial in Los Angeles County Superior Court, where Angel R. was represented by California Lemon Law trial attorneys Richard Wirtz and Amy Rotman from Wirtz Law APC. After a one-week trial, the jury awarded Angel R. with the maximum damages awardable under the Song-Beverly Act (California Lemon Law): repurchase and a two-time civil penalty for a total of $77,247.90, plus FCA was ordered to pay plaintiff’s attorney’s fees and costs. The jury agreed that FCA had willfully violated the California Lemon Law by refusing to repurchase the vehicle despite the repeated repair visits and serious, unrepaired defects.
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