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June 24, 2013

Although this blog is dedicated to all things New York Lemon Law, occasionally we also focus on subjects affecting the broader automotive industry.  Before anything else in the industry comes the new car sale.  Lately there have been some trends which indicate that the way we buy new cars might be changing.  Tesla Motors has introdu ...

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June 5, 2013
Just yesterday I wrote a blog explaining why automobile manufacturers have become so proactive about issuing recalls without even being compelled to do so by their government regulator, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  So imagine my surprise w ...

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June 4, 2013
As a New York Lemon Law attorney, it’s my business to keep up to date on what is happening in the automotive industry.  Since I focus on automobile problems, I find myself reading quite a bit about manufacturer recalls.

Just about all of us have received, seemingly out of the blue, a letter from an automobile manufacturer letting us know that our car is s ...

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May 28, 2013
About every year or so, when I can find some time, I update the "Testimonials" and "Recent Cases" sections of my New York Lemon Law web site.  Truth be told, it's not something I look all that forward to.  It involves a lot of cutting ...

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May 22, 2013

As the owner of a new vehicle still under warranty, the last you want to hear is that your car's manufacturer has voided that warranty due to improper maintenance upon the vehicle.  Nobody ever likes spending a lot of money to fix their cars - but it's especially bad when you shouldn't have to be paying it in the first place.  You need your car, so if a manufacturer holds you over a b ...

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April 25, 2013
Back in 2008 we called upon then Governer Spizer and the leaders of the New York State Legislator to add a "Safety Lemon" provision to the New York Lemon Law statute. While we received some interest from local politicians and news media, five years hav ...

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July 18, 2011
People are often surprised when they find out I am a New York Lemon Law attorney.  There aren't a lot of us out there, and it's quite frankly not something you hear about all too often.  In fact, a lot of the people I speak to in the course of everyday life tell me they thought the Lemon Law only covered used cars.  That is of course a huge misconception which I do my best to correc ...

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June 29, 2011
Original publication date:  June 29, 2011.  Original publication site:  726retirees.com

Most of us will be lucky enough to never drive a lemon.  That being said, there are some very basic things you can do to protect your rights in the event that you do end up having a New York Lemon Law case.

GET DOCUMENTATION

I cannot stress this point enough. &nbs ...

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August 30, 2010

Original publication date:  August 14, 2012

I have recently seen an increased amount of what I call the Dealership Settlement Scam.  Broadly, these are instances where a consumer purchases a vehicle that he is dissatisfied with (whether or not it meets the requirements of the Lemon Law), and when he takes up this matter with his dealership, ends up getting scammed into buying a ...

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August 21, 2010

Original publication date:  August of 2010.

Under the New York State tax code, consumers are entitled to a refund of sales tax if their vehicle is repurchased pursuant to the New York Lemon Law.

In the past, this was a fairly straightforward proposition.  The Application Form is available onli ...

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March 31, 2009

Original publication date:  March 31, 2009

With General Motors and Chrysler on the verge of bankruptcy, the Obama Administration applied some tough love today and declined to bail them out - for the time being.

GM was provided with 60 days of government financing for operating costs and Chrysler was o ...

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June 12, 2008

Original publication date:  June 12, 2008.

I have previously written blog articles about part shortages at GM and Chrysler, and have speculated about what would happen in the event of a GM bankruptcy. Now, a reputable indust ...

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March 27, 2008

Original publication date:  March 27, 2008

A typical New York Lemon Law case involves a vehicle that has been serviced repeatedly for the same problem, or has been out of service for repair for an unreasonable amount of time.  These are inability to repair cases.  I previously wrote a blog that co ...

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March 6, 2008

Original publication date:  March 6, 2008

Imagine you knew someone who's car doesn't always slow down when he hit the brakes.  Once in a while the brakes just don't work.  Now imagine you were his lawyer and you were forced to advise him to have his car fixed three more times before taking any action.  That just doesn't seem right, does it?

I have to ...

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March 2, 2008

Original publication date: 3/2/08

In recent news, both GM and Chrysler have recently suspended operations at several manufacturing plants as a result of problems with their part suppliers. 

We'll start with GM.  American Axle Corp. was spun off from GM i ...

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February 20, 2008

So you think you may have a lemon.  That's why you're here, right?  Fair enough.  Here are some tips that can possibly mean the difference between getting rid of your car, or being stuck with it.

 #1 - Document EVERYTHING

If you speak with someone at the dealership, take down her name.  If your defect only occurs intermittently, keep a c ...

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February 13, 2008

UPDATE 5/24/13 - I was updating some old blog articles (fixing broken links, etc.) and noticed that this article sorely needed to be made current.  As most people are aware, GM filed for bankruptcy in the summer of 2009.  This article was actually originally published in February of 2008, so it was a bit ahead of its time.  As a matter of context, when this article wa ...

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February 7, 2008

Lets start at the beginning, shall we?

Overview

The New York Lemon Law, otherwise known as New York General Business Law Section 198-a, is a consumer protection statute originally enacted in 1983 as a response to rampant consumer complaints about defective automobiles.  It has a four year statute of limitations, which means that you can bring a lawsuit ...

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