Maryland Lemon Law Firm Opens, Providing Consumers With Cost-Free Legal Representation
Kimmel & Silverman has helped more than 30,000 distressed drivers recover over $125 million.
Owings Mills, Md. (September 2004) – Kimmel & Silverman; a nationally recognized consumer advocacy firm that has provided cost-free legal help to more than 30,000 consumers over the last decade; has expanded into Maryland. The firm has opened an office in Owings Mills MD, offering Lemon Law and breach of warranty assistance to distressed drivers throughout The Old Line State.
With full-service offices in Ambler, PA; Pittsburgh, PA; Cherry Hill, NJ; and Wilmington, DE; Kimmel & Silverman has been helping consumers fight for their rights under the State Lemon Laws and the Federal Warranty Statutes since 1991. The Firm has grown to include eighteen attorneys, four ASE-certified mechanics and a support staff of over 40 professionals; and is the only Lemon Law firm ever honored by the American Bar Association.
Kimmel & Silverman currently handles one in four Lemon Law claims filed, recovering more than $125 million for consumers, making it the largest practice of its sort in the nation. In addition, the Firm lobbies extensively for additional consumer protection and has been involved in the passing of several House Bills. Currently, the firm is making headlines for its role in developing the first-ever Computer Lemon Law.
“Consumers are often not aware that State and Federal Laws provide provisions which enable us to represent consumers for free,” says Craig Thor Kimmel, Managing Partner of the Firm. “Many Maryland drivers invest significant monies into automobiles and then feel like they have nowhere to turn when they suffer significant and continuous repair problems. Our firm provides assistance at no additional cost, handling almost all correspondence through telephone, internet, and postal mail. Best of all, we require minimal participation from the client.”
The Maryland Lemon Law provides assistance to drivers whose cars suffer a non-conformity that can not be fixed after a reasonable number of repair attempts. For Maryland consumers who purchase their car, the non-conformity must first be reported in the first 15,000 miles or 15 months, whichever comes first. For Maryland consumers who lease their cars, the non-conformity must first occur in the first 12,000 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first. The Law also covers trucks with a ton or less rated capacity, and multi-purpose vehicles registered in the state.
The Magnuson Moss Warranty Act provides protection for consumers whose cars suffer a defect during the manufacturers' original or extended warranty period, which can not be fixed. Remedies under these Laws include full or partial refunds, extended warranties, or new vehicles. The Laws provide a fee shifting provision, which states that if the consumer prevails, the manufacturer must pay all the clients' attorney fees and legal costs, in addition to the award. If the consumer uses the Firm's services and doesn't prevail for whatever reason, there is still no charge.
For more information regarding Kimmel & Silverman, or to find out how to obtain cost-free Lemon Law help, visit their website, www.lemonlaw.com or call 1-800-LEMON-LAW (1-800-536-6652).
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