Did you purchase or lease a lemon?
In 1995, attorneys Adam J. Krohn and Gregory H. Moss founded Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center ® in Chicago, Illinois. The firm immediately became one of the nation’s premier consumer protection law firms focusing almost exclusively on “lemon” vehicles. Thousands of successful clients later, Mr. Krohn and Mr. Moss are still helping consumers to rid themselves of their sour lemons. From their office in Chicago, Illinois, the attorneys at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center ® help Illinois consumers to level the playing field with some of the world’s largest and most powerful corporations – the auto industry. In doing so, they rely upon the fee-shifting provision of the federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act to represent each qualifying client without having to charge the client directly for attorneys’ fees. Per the federal Act, should the consumer prevail, the manufacturer is responsible for paying the consumer’s attorneys’ fees. Should the consumer not prevail, the firm will not charge the consumer for bringing a claim. As a result, we have as much at stake as you do in the successful resolution of your case. Contact Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center ® for a free and no-obligation review to find out if you qualify for some form of relief under the federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act or the Illinois Lemon Law.
The federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act versus the Illinois Lemon Law
The original Lemon Law, otherwise known as the federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, 15 U.S.C. § 2301, et. seq., was enacted in 1975 by the United States Congress. The federal Act was created to enhance a consumer’s ability to bring claims for breach of a manufacturer’s warranty. The Act not only regulated the form and content of manufacturers’ warranties, it also made the warranties more enforceable by restricting and regulating the boilerplate disclaimers often found in the fine print of the warranties. The Act further broadened the statutory definition of a warranty to regulate promises to repair, which were often not covered by existing state warranty laws. Importantly, the Act also provided consumers with access to a court of law. Unlike many state laws, such as the Illinois Lemon Law, the federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act allows a prevailing consumer to recover attorneys’ fees and costs. This way, if the consumer recovers relief in a court of law, they don’t have to fork over a chunk of that relief to their attorney.
Since 1995, the attorneys at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center ® have utilized the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act to assist thousands of Illinois consumers to obtain monetary settlements from automobile manufacturers. They have successfully used the federal statute exactly as it was intended to obtain relief for consumers whose warranties were breached when the vehicle manufacturer failed to repair the vehicle after being afforded a reasonable number of attempts to do so. They have obtained millions of dollars of settlements for Illinois consumers under the federal Act.
In 1984 the State of Illinois enacted the Illinois New Vehicle Buyer Protection Act, 815 ILCS 380/1, commonly known as the “Illinois Lemon Law.” The Illinois Lemon Law provides that a car manufacturer must refund or replace a “new” motor vehicle if there is a non-conformity in the vehicle that substantially impairs its use, value, or safety; and that non-conformity is subject to repairs 4 times within the vehicle’s first 12 months or 12,000 miles, or the vehicle is out of service for 30 days during this time frame. However, unlike the federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, the Illinois Lemon Law does not provide that a prevailing consumer may recover attorneys’ fees. Further, the Illinois Law restricts the time period for a consumer to bring a claim to only 18 months from the date of purchase. Whereas, the federal Act provides consumers with 4 years from the date the manufacturer failed to honor the promises of its warranty.
The attorneys at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® will counsel you on the best course of action for pursuing a claim involving your defective vehicle
Our attorneys will counsel you on your rights under the federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act and Illinois Lemon Law and will advise you of all steps that must be taken to get the best possible relief. If you have already provided the manufacturer, through its dealers, with a reasonable number of attempts to repair your vehicle, contact the attorneys at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center®. We will provide you with guidance and advice before you attempt to go it alone against an automobile manufacturer. Our attorneys will help you to do the following:
- Provide proper written notice to the vehicle’s manufacturer of the problems with your vehicle
- Complete any necessary paperwork to apply for arbitration with the Better Business Bureau or National Center for Dispute Settlement if required by the vehicle’s manufacturer
- Handle the arbitration hearing on your behalf
- Attempt to settle your claims with the manufacturer
- Draft a Complaint at Law and litigate your case if necessary
- And most importantly, we will stand by you every step of the way in an effort to help you to get rid of your sour lemon vehicle
If you are ready for help in pursuing your potential lemon law case and want to get rid of your lemon car then call 1-800-USLEMON® (800-875-3666) to reach Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® for a Free Case Review at no cost or obligation to you.