According to The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a Wisconsin jury has ruled in favor of a father-son trucking company whose semi-truck failed to perform properly within six weeks of purchase and consistently needed repairs for the same problem. The semi-truck was purchased in 2007 for $177,000 and worked well until November of that same year. The two men took the rig to authorized dealers all over the state for repairs; however, the engine problems were never fully fixed, which contributed to the closure of their small business.
Wisconsin is the only state in the U.S. whose lemon law covers semi-trucks, and offers compensation to owners of lemon vehicles for twice the amount paid for the semi-truck, including interest, if the case goes to trial. The two business owners contacted Freightliner, the company that owns Western Star, regarding a refund of their lemon vehicle. They did not receive a response, and filed a lawsuit, for which they received a $293,000 recovery package. This verdict is the largest jury award in semi-truck lemon law history.
Wisconsin is the only state in the U.S. whose lemon law covers semi-trucks. The law there also offers compensation to owners of lemon vehicles of twice the amount paid for the defective car. In the Wisconsin semi-truck case, the two business owners contacted the manufacturer for a refund of the purchase price. They did not receive a response, and filed a lawsuit, for which they received $293,000. This verdict is the largest jury award in semi-truck lemon law history.
In addition to passenger vehicles, the California lemon law may cover business vehicles under 10,000 pounds and a motor home chassis.
Howard D. Silver is a practicing California consumer advocate who has successfully handled a wide variety of lemon law cases. Mr. Silver can help you understand your rights as a consumer and answer any questions you may have regarding California’s lemon law. For a consultation of your case, call 1-800-49-LEMON.
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