Judge raises damages in lemon law suit

Eric Freedman

Automotive News | 1:00 am, April 16, 2007

A federal jury decided Bruce Tammi should collect $26,600 in damages because the 2003 Porsche 911 Turbo coupe he leased and then bought is a lemon.

But under Wisconsin’s lemon law, the jury didn’t provide the right amount of compensation — not by a long shot, according to U.S. District Judge Charles Clevert Jr., who presided over the trial.

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Offset Mileage Halted for Lemons

Car owners can’t be charged, Petro says Saturday, March 05, 2005 Christopher JensenPlain Dealer Auto Editor

An Ohio Supreme Court decision last year about the state’s "lemon law" worried some consumer advocates who feared it would cost Ohioans thousands of dollars. But that won’t happen because automakers will not be allowed to charge consumers for the miles they drive lemons, Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro said Friday.

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State Lemon Law Effectiveness Ranking

1. California
2. New Jersey
3. Ohio
4. West Virginia
5. Arkansas
6. Hawaii
7. Georgia
8. Connecticut
9. Washington
10. New Hampshire
11. Virginia
11. Maine
13. Massachusetts
13. Texas
13. Wisconsin
16. Vermont
17. Maryland
18. New York
19. North Carolina
20. District of Columbia
21. South Carolina
22. Minnesota
23. Iowa
24. Alabama
25. Arizona
25. Montana
27. Florida
27. Rhode Island
29. Idaho
30. Delaware
31. Louisiana
31. Wyoming
33. Nebraska
34. Pennsylvania
34. South Dakota

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Wisconsin Secret Warranty

218.0172 Motor vehicle adjustment programs.

(1) Definitions. In this section:

(a) “Adjustment program” means an extended policy program under which a manufacturer undertakes to pay for all or any part of the cost of repairing, or to reimburse purchasers for all or any part of the cost of repairing, any condition that may substantially affect motor vehicle durability, reliability or performance.

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