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UPDATE: Assembly approves lemon law changes

UPDATED Wednesday, June 12, 2013 --- 2:52 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Assembly has passed a bill making changes to the state's lemon law which covers when consumers can sue auto manufacturers.

The bill passed 88-8 on Wednesday. Most Democrats removed their opposition after bill sponsor Rep. Bill Kramer worked with them and trial attorneys on a compromise.

Kramer says his intent was never to gut the state's lemon law. Democratic Rep. Gary Hebl says the new version is an improvement, but it still hurts consumers.

The bill would remove the ability to receive double damages in such cases and shorten the deadline for bringing a lawsuit from six years after purchasing a faulty vehicle to three years.

The bill is backed by the state's largest business lobbying group as well as a coalition of vehicle manufacturers and dealers.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Wednesday, June 12, 2013 --- 5:10 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Assembly is poised to vote on changes to the state's lemon law which covers when consumers can sue auto manufacturers.

The bill up for a vote Wednesday removes the ability to receive double damages in such cases and restricts the deadline for bringing a lawsuit from six years after purchasing a faulty vehicle to three years.

While the Republican-sponsored measure tightens current law, it doesn't go as far as originally proposed. The latest version is the result of compromises made with bill sponsor Rep. Bill Kramer and trial attorneys who opposed the original measure.

The bill is backed by the state's largest business lobbying group as well as General Motors and a coalition of vehicle manufacturers and dealers.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Monday, June 10, 2013 --- 3:32 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin's self-professed "Lemon Law King" says positive changes have made to a bill in the Legislature changing the law when consumers can sue auto manufacturers.

Attorney Vince Megna says the proposal up for a vote Wednesday in the Assembly is better than what was originally put forward, but not as good as current law.

Megna said Monday, "I think we have a lemon law that can be used, whereas a month ago we didn't."

Changes include allowing cases to be brought three years after a vehicle's purchase, instead of just two. Current law is up to six years.

One key part of the bill removing a requirement that consumers who win civil lawsuits be awarded twice the amount of monetary losses remains as proposed.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Friday, May 24, 2013 --- 5:26 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin's Lemon Law King is trying to rally dealers against a Republican bill that would relax car buyer protection statutes.

The bill would revise the Wisconsin's lemon law to erase mandatory consumer damage awards and give manufacturers more time to deliver a replacement vehicle or refund.

Attorney Vince Megna touts himself as the Lemon Law King. He sent letters Friday to Wisconsin dealers telling them to oppose the bill. He says in the letter if the bill passes he'll bypass the lemon law and start filing lawsuits under federal consumer protection statutes, which means dealers can be held liable for damages.

Wisconsin Automobile and Truck Dealers Association President Bill Sepic says consumers would still get faster resolutions suing under the revised state lemon law than going the federal route.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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