CINCINNATI, OH–(Marketwire – Apr 26, 2011) – The Court of Appeals affirmed a Hamilton County jury verdict of $7,500 rendered against Kia Motors America for selling Hobert and Anne Cox a “lemon.” The case involved Mr. and Mrs. Cox’s purchase of a new 2002 Kia Spectra that was riddled with numerous defects. There were problems with the vehicle’s hazard switch, turn signals, and cruise control that resulted in 15 visits to Kia’s dealers for repair. Mr. and Mrs. Cox contacted Krohn & Moss, Ltd., a national consumer protection law firm with offices in Ohio, which has resolved over 45,000 consumer actions since its inception in 1995.
Kia first claimed that there could be no “lemon law” claims as the vehicle was “totaled-out.” The appellate court rejected Kia’s argument and the case was sent to a Hamilton County jury for trial. The jury awarded $7,500 for the vehicle’s loss in value and due to Mr. and Mrs. Cox’s aggravation caused by Kia’s failure to repair the Spectra within a reasonable number of attempts. The Court of Appeals affirmed the verdict in its entirety. Notably, not only will Mr. and Mrs. Cox now receive the $7,500 plus interest on the verdict, but Kia is responsible to pay all of the attorneys’ fees and costs incurred by Krohn & Moss, Ltd. in representing Mr. and Mrs. Cox. Gregory H. Moss, managing partner for Krohn & Moss, Ltd., noted the Appellate Court’s decision was a monumental victory for consumers: “The decision from the Appellate Court sends a message to Kia and other automobile manufacturers if you sell a lemon there is recourse for the consumer.”
For more information concerning this case, please reference the Clerk of the Court of Hamilton County Common Pleas Court, Ohio, Case No. C0600693 appeal from Case No. A0503172.
The law firm of Krohn & Moss, Ltd. , was founded in 1995 by attorneys Adam Krohn and Gregory Moss, providing legal representation to consumers with defective vehicles and products, consumer fraud concentrating in auto fraud claims such as odometer setbacks, auto dealer financing scams and vehicle history misrepresentations, FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act) and FDCPA (Fair Debt Collection Practices Act) violations. www.yourlemonlawrights.com
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