The California Lemon Law Applies to That?

Most of us have seen the television commercials where people ride up stairs on a chair.  These devises are called stair lifts and really do provide a tremendous benefit for those who live in two story homes but cannot walk up or down stairs. I recently represented a client who purchased a stair lift and… Read more »

Video/Photos as Powerful Tools in Lemon Law Cases

California Lemon Law cases are very document sensitive.  Cases, for the most part, are based upon the documented repair history of the vehicle.  These documents include repair orders,repair invoices and manufacturer technical documents.  But what may actually be the most powerful tools in some Lemon Law cases are photos and videos.  And now that almost… Read more »

Ford Fusion Window Problems

Certain model year Ford Fusions have a serious problem with their windows.  Specifically, the windows will not close and at times they will open after they have been closed. Ford Motor Company is aware of this defective window condition and is unable to fix it. Ford has directed service facilities to reprogram certain modules to… Read more »


Ford Motor Company has a major problem with its Ford Explorer line. Specifically, exhaust fumes enter the cab in some of these Ford Explorer vehicles. This condition is very dangerous as it exposes occupants of affected Ford Explorers to poisonous fumes and gasses. Ford has issued technical service bulletins to address the exhaust leak issue… Read more »

The Volkswagen/Audi Laughable TDI Clean Diesel Emissions Scandal Mea Culpa

By now, most all of us have heard of the Volkswagen TDI Clean Diesel emissions scandal.  To recap, Volkswagen has admitted it intentionally rigged the emissions systems in its Volkswagen and Audi 2.0 liter TDI diesel engines so the emissions controls would only be activated if the emissions systems were being tested.  At all other times,… Read more »

Volkswagen TDI Clean Diesel Is Not So Clean

I have been a practicing California Lemon Law attorney for over 25 years and have seen a lot of automobile manufacturer scandals over the years. The latest scandal involves Volkswagen.  Volkswagen is alleged to have programmed the emissions control systems in its TDI “clean” diesel engines so that the emissions controls would only work when the… Read more »

Jeep Grand Cherokee Recalls

It has come to my attention that several safety recalls related to the Jeep Grand Cherokee are unable to be performed by FCA US LLC (formerly Chrysler LLC) due to a lack of replacement parts.  These recalls include, but are not limited to – air bag/safety restraint system components; brake/brake booster components.  One of these… Read more »

When Courts Step Out of Bounds

As most of us remember from civics class (I really don’t remember anything from civics class or most other high school classes), the US Constitution divides our government into three branches – legislative, executive, judicial. In theory, the legislative branch makes laws. The executive branch approves laws and executes the laws.  While the judicial branch… Read more »

Court Rules the California Lemon Law Does Not Apply to Private Party Auto Sales

A California Court of Appeal has ruled the California Lemon Law (Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act) does not apply to private party auto sales.  In Dagher v. Ford Motor Company (2015) 238 Cal.App.4th 905, the court held a California consumer who purchased a used Ford truck, still covered by the Ford warranty at the time of… Read more »