Successful Representation of Vehicle Distributor at Trial
We represented a vehicle distributor in a lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. The plaintiffs, a married couple, claimed the vehicle they leased from our client had multiple defects that substantially impaired its use, value, and safety. The plaintiffs asserted a claim for breach of express warranty under California’s Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, commonly known as the “lemon law,” as well as a claim for breach of the implied warranty of merchantability. They sought restitution from the vehicle distributor of all payments they had made under the lease, as well as the amounts they still owed. The plaintiffs were also asking for civil damages of up to two times any compensatory damages award. At the close of the plaintiffs’ case, the court granted our motion for judgment as a matter of law on the implied warranty claim and the request for civil damages, and the jury ultimately found in favor of our client on the plaintiffs’ Song-Beverly express warranty claim, awarding them nothing.