your guide to california and federal lemon law rights

So you have purchased or leased a vehicle or other consumer good that is a lemon. Now what? By visiting our website or speaking with one of our experienced lemon law attorneys, you are making the right choice.

The attorneys at Nahavandi & Azimtash LLP are experienced in California lemon laws, Federal lemon laws, and even ancillary laws that they can utilize to strongly and aggressively hold the car or consumer goods' manufacturers responsible for your lemon.

Below is a list of some of the laws that the attorneys at Nahavandi & Azimtash LLP are familiar with and use:

California Lemon Law: Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act

Under the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, California’s Lemon Law, a manufacturer that cannot repair a vehicle within a reasonable number of attempts is obligated to provide the consumer with a replacement or repurchase the consumer’s product or vehicle. California legislatures were aware that consumers who purchase or lease a faulty vehicle may not be able to afford an attorney so they added a provision (much to the dislike of the manufacturers) that should a consumer be forced to defend his or her rights to purchase/lease a defect-free product or vehicle, manufacturers, in addition to the replacement/repurchase owed to the consumer, must also pay for the consumer’s attorneys' fees.

Federal Lemon Law: Magnusson-Moss Consumer Warranty Act

The Federal government has enacted its own version of lemon law, called the Magnusson-Moss Consumer Warranty Act. Under this law, if the product, or a component part, contains a defect or malfunction, which has not been fixed within a reasonable number of repair attempts, the manufacturer must permit the consumer to elect either a refund or replacement without charge. As with California’s Lemon Laws, the Magnusson Moss Consumer Warranty Act requires the manufacturers to pay for the consumer’s attorney fees and expenses.

California’s Unfair Competition Law

The Unfair Competition Law of California (“UCL”), codified under Business & Profession Code section 17200, prohibits: an unlawful business act or practice, an unfair business act or practice, a fraudulent business act or practice, and unfair, deceptive, untrue, or misleading advertising. The attorneys at Nahavandi & Azimtash LLP have extensive experience litigating lemon law matters by utilizing the UCL against the manufacturers, distributors, and dealerships of new or used vehicles or other lemonable goods. To pursue a legal action under the UCL, a consumer must show that he or she was harmed due to the unfair business practices of a manufacturer, distributor, or dealership. Consumers of lemon vehicles or other goods who are harmed by their lemon’s manufacturer, distributor, or dealership may have a viable claim under California’s UCL.

California’s Consumers Legal Remedies Act

Another avenue that allows the attorneys at Nahavandi & Azimtash LLP to hold the sellers/lessors of lemon vehicles or products responsible is the California Consumers Legal Remedies Act (“CLRA”). The CLRA protects consumers from false advertising and other unfair business practices. The CLRA can be utilized to allow a consumer of a lemon to bring a individual or class action lawsuit to recover monetary damages or to put a halt to unlawful business practices by sellers/lessors of lemon vehicles and products.

The CLRA lists what is considered unfair and deceptive practices. For instance, selling used goods as new, making false or misleading statements about the vehicle or product purchased or leased, or knowingly recommending unnecessary repairs for a vehicle or product, are expressly prohibited by the CLRA. Consumers of lemon products who seek recovery under the CLRA can recover non-monetary damages, recovery of attorney’s fees, an injunction against the illegal conduct, or even punitive damages.

Used Vehicle or product Lemon Laws

All hope is not lost if you have purchased a used vehicle or product because the California lemon laws that apply to newly purchased/leased vehicles or products also apply to used vehicles and products that are still under warranty. Simply put, if you purchase a used consumer good that fails to meet the manufacturer’s warranty after a reasonable number of repair attempts, then your used vehicle or product is a lemon and you may be entitled to a refund or a replacement of the vehicle or other consumer good.

So if you believe that you have purchased or leased a vehicle or “consumer good” that repeatedly fails to meet standards of quality and performance and such failures have substantially impaired the use, value, or safety of the vehicle or consumer good, then you may be entitled to remedies under the California and/or Federal lemon laws stated above. Luckily, our attorneys are strategic in utilizing different tools and laws in recovering for your lemon. And remember, the attorneys at Nahavandi & Azimtash LLP will not be paid unless you get paid for your lemon.

Our lemon law attorneys are experts in the laws mentioned above and will fight tirelessly until you receive the appropriate compensation for your lemon. If you believe that your car or product is a lemon, fill out the form on this page or contact us via email: [email protected] or phone: (818) 286-3535 for a free consultation.

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