NEW INFORMATION: Assembly approves lemon law changes

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Assembly has passed a bill making changes to the state's lemon law which covers when consumers can sue auto manufacturers.

The bill passed 88-8 on Wednesday. Most Democrats removed their opposition after bill sponsor Rep. Bill Kramer worked with them and trial attorneys on a compromise.

Kramer says his intent was never to gut the state's lemon law. Democratic Rep. Gary Hebl says the new version is an improvement, but it still hurts consumers.

The bill would remove the ability to receive double damages in such cases and shorten the deadline for bringing a lawsuit from six years after purchasing a faulty vehicle to three years.

The bill is backed by the state's largest business lobbying group as well as a coalition of vehicle manufacturers and dealers.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin's self-professed "Lemon Law King" says positive changes have made to a bill in the Legislature changing the law when consumers can sue auto manufacturers.

Attorney Vince Megna says the proposal up for a vote Wednesday in the Assembly is better than what was originally put forward, but not as good as current law.

Megna said Monday, "I think we have a lemon law that can be used, whereas a month ago we didn't."

Changes include allowing cases to be brought three years after a vehicle's purchase, instead of just two. Current law is up to six years.

One key part of the bill removing a requirement that consumers who win civil lawsuits be awarded twice the amount of monetary losses remains as proposed.

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