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Fraud Allegations Fuel Ongoing Controversy Over PowerShift Transmission in Ford Focus and Fiesta Models

Posted by on Jul 28, 2017 in Lemon Laws | Comments Off on Fraud Allegations Fuel Ongoing Controversy Over PowerShift Transmission in Ford Focus and Fiesta Models

DETROIT, July 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — There are approximately 1.5 million current or former owners and lessees of 2012-2016 Ford Focus and 2011-2016 Ford Fiestas affected by an uncorrectable and dangerous PowerShift transmission defect. While this issue has been festering in the U.S. for several years, Australia’s top consumer protection agency now alleges ‘misleading,’ ‘deceptive’ and ‘unconscionable’ efforts by Ford in their effort to conceal this transmission defect.

Ford Focus and Fiesta owners have long reported consistent jerking and shuddering while driving these vehicles, and many have experienced delayed acceleration and deceleration. In some instances, drivers reported unintended acceleration when stopped at traffic lights, and other times the cars would roll backwards on an incline.

To avoid or limit its liability under these state and federal consumer protection laws, Ford has entered into a Class Action Settlement that is binding on current and former Focus and Fiesta owners, and lessees of …
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Here’s the No. 1 consumer complaint in America

Posted by on Jul 28, 2017 in Lemon Laws | Comments Off on Here’s the No. 1 consumer complaint in America

Americans love their cars, but their cars — and the auto industry — doesn’t always love them back. Auto-related problems are the most common complaints among consumers, who cited everything from misrepresentations in sales to leasing disputes, according to a new report from the Consumer Federation of America and the North American Consumer Protection Investigators. The report surveyed 39 state and local consumer protection agencies in 23 states about the most common complaints they received last year. Leasing used cars is emerging as a sore spot for consumers, who may be attracted to the practice since it typically requires little or no down payment. But interest rates can be high, and “lemon laws” and other regulations may not apply to used cars that are leased, the study said. “Consumers may be stuck with used cars that repeatedly break down or be on the hook for costly repairs,” the study noted. In one …
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Christian Rice Named 2017 Law School Scholarship Winner

Posted by on Jul 27, 2017 in Lemon Laws | Comments Off on Christian Rice Named 2017 Law School Scholarship Winner

Dana Point, CA, July 26, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — “It’s truly a privilege for us to be able to give something back to the community that has given so much to us,” said Aaron Fhima, a partner at the law firm. “We’re really proud to have Christian as this year’s winner. He has proven himself to be an intelligent young man and a hard worker, and we’re sure he’s going to make a positive contribution not just to our community, but far beyond it. To be able to contribute to his education is an honor.”Christian Rice, originally from La Mesa, Calif., is a graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where he majored in government and minored in philosophy. He was a policy analyst in the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Rice began work last year for the National …
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How to properly buy or sell a used car

Posted by on Jul 19, 2017 in Lemon Laws | Comments Off on How to properly buy or sell a used car

The recent news of the 19-year-old who sold a 1993 Nissan Pathfinder to the suspect in the Times Square bomb threat has sparked some questions about the best way to sell a used car.The student posted the ad on Craigslist and received $1,300 cash for it from Faisal Shahzad, but there wasn’t any paperwork between seller and buyer, so there was no record of the transaction. Luckily, authorities were able to track down Shahzad through the VIN and cell phone number he used.In order for a vehicle to be properly registered, the title would have had to been signed over to the new owner. In many states, a Bill of Sale and proof of insurance is also required. In a traditional deal, rather than the circumstances surrounding this unusual purchase, the lack of paperwork would have been a serious problem.While there are some benefits to buying a used …
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Ogden family warns about parvo after adopted puppy dies; rescue responds

Posted by on Jul 14, 2017 in Lemon Laws | Comments Off on Ogden family warns about parvo after adopted puppy dies; rescue responds

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OGDEN, Utah — An Ogden family is warning others after a puppy they bought from a local rescue died days later from a virus. Now vets and animal advocates are echoing their concerns.
“I cried,” Samantha Newll of Ogden said. “It’s hard because you get your kids this dog, something they’ve never had before that they’ve always wanted, and within a week the dog is dead.”
It was the last Saturday in June when the Newell family welcomed Cocoa into their family. Filling out his adoption papers, looking over his vaccinations and paying the fee to Pack N’ Pounce.
“My kids were obsessed with him,” Samantha said.
But after one day in their home the Newells realized something was wrong with Cocoa.
“Sunday he hadn’t eaten anything and he was throwing up Sunday night all over my house,” Newell …
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BBB: When your new car smells a little too lemony

Posted by on Jul 10, 2017 in Lemon Laws | Comments Off on BBB: When your new car smells a little too lemony

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Making lemonade from lemons can be a tall order when the lemon is a new car. The pride of new car ownership can deflate quickly when one realizes that the shiny new vehicle in their driveway is in fact a dud.
Some are surprised to find that their car manufacturer’s warranty does not do enough to quickly resolve repair issues. Most warranties do not designate a maximum time period for the completion of repairs for manufacturing defects. They also do not specify that the company should buy a defective vehicle back within a time period. For that reason states have enacted lemon laws. Your Better Business Bureau has the following explanation of the law as it exists in the State of Kansas.
What’s a lemon?
The Kansas Lemon Law only applies to new cars or other vehicles (including pickup trucks) with a gross weight …
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Breweries may be heading to Lemon Grove

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 in Lemon Laws | Comments Off on Breweries may be heading to Lemon Grove

A new brewpub hosting that local band you love in Lemon Grove? It could happen.The Lemon Grove City Council has hopped on board with other cities across the county, unanimously agreeing to change its zoning laws to allow alcoholic beverage manufacturing in certain areas of the city.A zone change would mean Lemon Grove will allow breweries, wineries, distilleries, brewpubs and wine bars in certain industrial and commercial zones. Along with that would come related uses such as tasting rooms, sales, in-house catering and live music.The council is scheduled to take a final vote on the matter July 18.
David Devries, director of Development Services, said the city recently received a business license application for a brewery in its heavy commercial district. And other prospective brewers and distillers have shown interest in a Lemon Grove location, he said.Robert Bessone attended the June 20 council meeting with two other local …
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Lemon Grove bans alcohol, pot at city parks

Posted by on Jun 18, 2017 in Lemon Laws | Comments Off on Lemon Grove bans alcohol, pot at city parks

LEMON GROVE (CNS) – Alcohol and marijuana are about to be prohibited at Lemon Grove’s eight city parks beginning in July, according to city officials.The city council voted unanimously in May to make parks off-limits to the use of marijuana in any form and to all alcohol. While California’s new law under Prop. 64 makes recreational marijuana use legal for adults over 21, it is not legal to do so in public places.”This will help us revitalize our parks and make them more family- friendly and more desirable to all of our residents and visitors,” Mayor Pro Tem Jennifer Mendoza said. “If you see something of concern happening in our parks, be sure to call 911 or report the activity to a park ranger or sheriff’s deputy.”The city held a “take back the parks” event at Lemon Grove Park on Friday to remind residents of the new laws and kick …
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Lemon Grove bans alcohol, marijuana in parks

Posted by on Jun 18, 2017 in Lemon Laws | Comments Off on Lemon Grove bans alcohol, marijuana in parks

LEMON GROVE, Calif. — Alcohol and marijuana are about to be prohibited at Lemon Grove’s eight city parks beginning in July, according to city officials.
The city council voted unanimously in May to make parks off-limits to the use of marijuana in any form and to all alcohol. While California’s new law under Prop. 64 makes recreational marijuana use legal for adults over 21, it is not legal to do so in public places.
“This will help us revitalize our parks and make them more family-friendly and more desirable to all of our residents and visitors,” Mayor Pro Tem Jennifer Mendoza said. “If you see something of concern happening in our parks, be sure to call 911 or report the activity to a park ranger or sheriff’s deputy.”
The city held a “take back the parks” event at Lemon Grove Park on Friday to remind residents of the new laws and …
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State inspectors fan out in search of gas pump skimmers

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in Lemon Laws | Comments Off on State inspectors fan out in search of gas pump skimmers

Look for security seals on gas pumps – and don’t swipe your card if the seal is broken or voided. (Mass. Division of Standards photo)

The Massachusetts Division of Standards and municipal weights and measures inspectors recently completed inspections of 263 gas stations in 74 cities and towns statewide checking for skimming devices attached to gas pumps. After examining 1,525 pumps, the agency’s 2017 Skimmer Inspection Survey reported that four skimmers were discovered inside pumps at F.L. Roberts service stations in Easthampton and Amherst on May 2nd. Local police responded to both locations to remove and recover the evidence.

Inspectors also found that service stations were not uniformly using security tape to indicate the upper chamber of a gas pump hadn’t been tampered with. Of the 263 gas stations visited, 147 had no security tape affixed to their gas pumps. Further, the agency has learned and is warning service station owners that some …
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