Attorney's Fees and the California Lemon Law
We provide free consultations, and we do not charge our clients any up-front fees. The California Lemon Law includes an attorney's fees provision which allows us to collect our hourly attorney's fees and court costs from the automobile manufacturer at the successful resolution of the claim. This makes pursuing a California Lemon Law claim economically feasible for those who would otherwise not be in a position to hire an attorney. Moreover, any applicable contingency fee would not be due until settlement proceeds are recovered.
As a part of our free consultation and document review service, we will itemize the net take-home recovery that we will be seeking on your behalf. The itemized breakdown typically includes the manufacturer's refund of the down payment, monthly payments, and satisfaction of the loan balance, less any applicable deductions such as the statutory mileage offset and any applicable contingency fee. Through our free consultation, you will be fully informed as to the recovery sought before you agree to retain us as your legal counsel.
Damages Available in Lemon Law Claims
The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, often referred to as the California Lemon Law, was passed to protect the owners and lessors of troublesome vehicles. Generally, the CA Lemon Law applies to vehicles which the car dealers have been unable to properly fix after repeated visits under warranty.
Owners of vehicles that qualify under the California Lemon Law are entitled to a refund of their down payment, monthly finance payments, and to have their vehicle loan paid off in full. They are also entitled to reimbursement of incidental damages such as costs of repair, rental car expenses, and applicable towing expenses. If offered by the manufacturer, a consumer may choose to have his or her vehicle replaced with a comparably equipped vehicle instead of having the vehicle repurchased. With either a repurchase or a replacement, the auto manufacturer will be entitled to a credit for the mileage driven on the vehicle before it was first taken in for repair of the defect.