An article from latimes.com reported that Robert G. Beverly, a well-known lawyer and Republican who worked in the state Legislature for almost 30 years, passed away on Wednesday, October 14, 2009 from complications connected to Parkinson’s disease. He was 84-years-old. According to the report, one of Robert G. Beverly’s major contributions was the creation of the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act. His innovative consumer-protection legislation led to what so many consumers know today as our California lemon law statute. What many consumers don’t know is that the Song-Beverly Act dates back to 1970 and is the foundation for the consumer protections we now enjoy.
Thanks to the hard work of Mr. Beverly, citizens are protected from unscrupulous car dealers selling “lemons” and manufacturers that are unaware that their vehicles are flawed in some way. Pursuant to the lemon law, consumers may receive their money back or a replacement vehicle when the vehicle they purchased is defective.
In looking at what Mr. Beverly accomplished, the following statement from his son says it best: “He liked solving problems…he was never a demagogue of any kind…he was just very level-headed and even-tempered.”
Thanks to Mr. Beverly, consumers that find themselves the owner or lessee of a lemon vehicle have the right to then seek money back or a replacement vehicle. At the Law Offices of Howard D. Silver, our California lemon law attorneys are saddened by the loss of Mr. Beverly and will continue to work diligently as consumer advocates, upholding the legislation that Mr. Beverly worked so hard to establish.