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Changes to state's Lemon Law up for vote in state Senate

A gavel sits in the Luke Air Force Base courtroom By U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Grace Lee [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
A gavel sits in the Luke Air Force Base courtroom By U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Grace Lee [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin's Lemon Law would offer fewer legal protections under a bill that's up for a vote in the state Senate Tuesday. 

Those who buy defective new cars could no longer win double-damages from automakers in court. The time limit for filing a lawsuit after buying a faulty vehicle would be reduced from six years to three. 

Also, car manufacturers would have 45 days instead of the present 30 to either give refunds or replacements for defective vehicles.  

The state's largest business group, automakers, and car dealers have lined up to support the bill. It passed the Assembly 88-8 in June. 

Sponsors said they were targeting Milwaukee Lemon Law attorney Vince Megna, who won $880,000 in damages, interest, and legal fees in a dragged-out court case involving a Waukesha businessman's defective sedan. 

The bill's opponents say it would hurt consumers.

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