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'Lemon law king' seeks writ of mandamus requiring state to follow old law until new forms are ready

A Wisconsin lawyer who considers himself the “lemon law king” filed a writ of mandamus petition against the state Thursday. It concerns a revised version of the statute limiting the recourse previously offered to consumers who purchase defective motor vehicles.

Arguing that the state Department of Transportation is not providing consumers with correct information about the provisions of the new lemon law that took effect on March 1, Vince Megna is asking a Dane County judge to declare that the old lemon law remains effective until the DOT posts accurate new forms, reports the Proof and Hearsay page of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Under the lemon law, Megna says, consumers are required to use a DOT form to report defects. He called the DOT’s current form “replete with errors” and “defective on its face.” For example, the old lemon law still applies to vehicles purchased before March 1, but the DOT doesn’t say so, according to Megna.

His filing names the DOT, its secretary and the state attorney general as respondents. The newspaper article doesn’t include any comment from the respondents.

See also:

ABAJournal.com: “‘Lemon Law King’ Blasts New Law Limiting Attorney Fees, Says He Won’t Represent Republicans”

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