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New York Times Features Lemon Lawyer Bob Silverman in Front Page GM Article

April 11, 2014 By: LemonLaw Category: Bob Silverman, chevrolet cobalt, news story, Recall

When New York Times reporter Rebecca Ruiz wanted to interview a Lemon Law attorney pertaining to the Chevrolet Cobalt recall situation, she turned to the Lemon Lawyer who has successfully resolved more General Motors Lemon Law and breach of warranty claims in the last two decades than any other attorney, Bob Silverman.  Bob and a couple of his clients were featured in a front page New York Times article outlining the issue.

Kimmel and Silverman successfully helped twenty-five consumers receive complete repurchases of their 2005 and 2006 Chevrolet Cobalts under State Lemon Laws.  In addition, many clients received MSRP to MSRP swaps and others received monetary compensation while keeping their vehicles.  In many of these cases, our clients were initially told there was no problem with their car, that it was operating to normal specifications.  And yet, at our urging, the consumers kept going back to the dealer, continuing to bring the matter to the attention of their service advisor.

The moral of the story for consumers is never to give up.  If you know something is wrong with your car, and you are under warranty, continue to bring the matter to your dealer and if necessary fight for the the rights afforded to you under State Lemon Laws and Federal Warranty Laws.  We know that hiring a Lemon Lawyer may seem a bit intimidating, but it is actually a very easy process with almost of all of the work being handled for you, at absolutely no cost and no risk.

The purpose of this blog and our website is to educate, enlighten and empower distressed drivers.  If you feel stranded  by your defective vehicle, feel free to reach out to us.  We will be glad to review your claim and determine if and how you can receive recourse or remedy through a Lemon Lawyer at our firm or perhaps someone else.  Remember, in order to get something, you must do something.

New Jersey Lemon Law Lawyer Featured in Super Lawyers Magazine Article

March 28, 2014 By: LemonLaw Category: Car Lemon Law, Super Lawyers

The 2014 New Jersey Super Lawyers list came out and once again 1 800 LEMON LAW Senior Associate Amy Bennecoff has been named a Rising Star.

Rising Stars are attorneys who are either under 40 years old or have been practicing 10 years or less.  Attorneys throughout New Jersey are asked to nominate lawyers they hold in high regard whom they have seen in a courtroom setting.  Only 2.5% of all NJ attorneys are bestowed this honor. The survey is sponsored by Law & Politics Magazine.  You can read more about Ms. Bennecoff’s career by clicking here.

This marks  Ms. Bennecoff’s fifth year running as a Rising Star and in honor of her efforts toward consumer advocacy, she was featured in a full-length article which appeared both in the supplement, sent to lawyers throughout the Garden State, and in the pages of New Jersey Monthly Magazine.  The article can also be found on the Super Lawyers website.  Ms. Bennecoff is the only New Jersey Lemon Law Lawyer ever to receive a full-length article in the publication.

A member of Kimmel & Silverman’s legal team since 2007,  Ms. Bennecoff is a frequent speaker on consumer issues and has appeared on numerous television programs and newscasts.  Her work has also garnered her a superb rating on the AVVO’s legal website.   In addition to her work as a New Jersey Lemon Law Lawyer, she also serves clients in a variety of different states including Pennsylvania and Tennessee.

Car Buying Without Being Taken For A Ride

February 26, 2014 By: Admin Category: Car Buying, Car Lemon Law, TV interview

Thinking about a buying new or used car?  Before you head to the dealer, check out 1-800 LEMON LAW’s Michael Sacks on “Good Day PA” with car buying tips to make sure your dream car does not turn into a nightmare.

What To Look For In A Lemon Law Lawyer

February 17, 2014 By: LemonLaw Category: attorneys fees, Car Lemon Law, Lemon Law Firm

The term “Lemon Law” has been around for a long time and while distressed drivers are aware that the statute exists, many folks are unaware of how the Lemon Law works, what they are entitled to, and how to go about hiring a Lemon Law Lawyer.  We have covered this topic before but it does bear repeating.

First and foremost, when hiring a Lemon Law Lawyer, you want to make sure that they provide 100% cost-free legal help using the fee-shifting provisions provided by State Lemon Laws and the Federal Magnuson Moss Warranty Act.  Under these laws, if you prevail, the manufacturer will pay all attorney fees and legal costs on top of what the consumer receives.  Many folks ask “Is there any cost if I do not prevail?”  The answer should be no. The way the laws are written there should be no cost and no risk to filing a claim.  An experienced Lemon Law Lawyer should be confident in their work and not charge any out-pocket retainers.

In finding a Lemon Law Lawyer, you also want to ask about their firm and their legal resources.  Throughout the Country, there are a number of Lemon Law Firms that have been in existence for decades, with highly experienced Lemon Law Lawyers offering counsel and guidance.  You want to find a Lemon Law Lawyer who is not afraid to litigate if the manufacturer comes back with an unsuitable offer.  You also want to find a Lemon Law Lawyer who has ASE-certified experts on staff to work with them to secure the best possible outcome, perform inspections, and testify on your behalf if needed. The bottom line is you want to make sure you have the ammunition needed in case you have to battle it out with the car companies.  And often times, when a car company knows they are going against a firm who has beaten them numerous times in court, they may be willing to settle sooner than later.

Ask how long the firm they work with has been in existence.  Make sure that this is not a new firm which may not have the infrastructure in place to properly handle your claim and your needs.  Ask if they have been featured in news programs and consumer stories, what types of honors and accolades they have received, and if they have handled cases in every court throughout their jurisdiction. 

Also ask about their experience with your particular make and model of vehicle.  While every claim is different, and no attorney should promise any particular outcome,  many times a Lemon Law Lawyer can make you aware if you’re experiencing a common issue or something that is rather unique.  They may also be able to provide their opinion as to the type of outcome you could receive based upon review of your documents.    At our firm, many of our Lemon Law Lawyers have been battling the same car companies for decades.  They know the opposing counsel and they base their strategy on their previous experiences.  This extra knowledge can play a a large role in securing a strong result promptly.

Always remember an educated consumer is an effective consumer. The stronger the Lemon Law Lawyer you have on your side, the more effective you will be in getting back on the road to recovery.  For more information on what you need to ask when choosing a Lemon Law Lawyer, click here.

In For Repeated Repairs? How Do You Deal With The Dealer?

January 29, 2014 By: Admin Category: Car Lemon Law, dealerships, service managers, TV interview

It’s one of the most common questions we receive.  How to I deal with my dealer’s service department to make sure my problem is being treated seriously?  And what can I do to protect myself and make sure I have a strong Lemon Law or breach of warranty claim if the problem is not/cannot be fixed.  1 800 LEMON LAW’s Communications Director Michael Sacks made a return visit to ABC27′s “Good Day PA” to discuss how you should handle repeated repair attempts.  If you are in repeated repairs and want to find out if you are entitled to compensation under State Lemon Laws or the Federal Magnuson Moss Warranty Act, fill out our Get Rid of Your Lemon form.  We will be glad to review your issue and determine if and how we can help.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Transmission Problem – Defect Alert

January 22, 2014 By: LemonLaw Category: jeep grand cherokee, transmission

Lunging and jumping and jerking, oh my! Sadly, the 1 800 LEMON LAW hotline is lighting up with calls from 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee owners dealing with transmission troubles in their brand new vehicles.  The Jeep Grand Cherokee transmission problem is strikingly similar to the issues we are seeing with the Ford Focus and Fiesta vehicles.  In an effort to meet EPA standards, Chrysler modified the transmission, changing a standard transmission into a manual unit.

Does this help Jeep owners achiever better gas mileage?  Possibly, but at the time, many drivers are saying that it has negatively affected the drivability of the vehicle.  And when they are complaining on the Jeep Grand Cherokee transmission problem to the service advisor, they are being told it’s a normal characteristic of the vehicle.  Keep in mind however that just because it’s a normal characteristic of the Jeep does NOT mean it’s normal.  

If you are dealing with a Jeep Grand Cherokee transmission problem, you must bring the matter to the dealer, even if the issue is intermittent.  Try to be as descriptive as possible in terms of the issue you are dealing with and offer to take the service adviser on a test drive in an effort to duplicate the condition.  And make sure every visit comes with a repair invoice where they document your complaint and what was done to address your complaint.  Do not let them keep repair orders open if possible.  

Once you are in the shop repeatedly for your Jeep Grand Cherokee transmission problem, look into your State Lemon Law to see if you are entitled to compensation or feel free to fill out our Get Rid of Your Lemon form.  We will be glad to review the situation and determine if and how we can help free of charge.

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