Consumers in CT win Chrysler’s Lemon Tax Appeal

Posted by Jody Burton on December 16th, 2007

The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled the Chrysler auto company can’t get sales tax refunds on clunkers that it has to buy back under the state’s Lemon Law.The high court unanimously held that the state government’s general immunity from lawsuits trumped the legal claims that Chrysler made.

Under the state’s Lemon Law, a buyer may return a defective new motor vehicle to a manufacturer, who must then provide a refund or a comparable new vehicle and reimburse the buyer for certain other charges, including sales taxes. Chrysler argued the state government is penalizing the company and unjustly profiting from its compliance with the Lemon Law. The state Department of Revenue Services and a Superior Court judge both ruled against Chrysler. The company appealed to the Supreme Court. The appeal sought to revive its legal challenge.

In my opinion this is unquestionably a huge victory for consumers. When a lemon car gets repurchased most consumers don’t want to wait six months to get their tax back from the state — they want to get it back to the person who took it from them, that is the dealer.

Welcome to the Lemon Law Blog

Posted by Sergei Lemberg, Esq. on December 15th, 2007

Welcome to Lemon Justice!

I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and welcome you to the Lemon Justice blog. My name is Sergei Lemberg, and I’m an attorney practicing in the area of lemon law and licensed to practice law in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.

I became interested in lemon law because I wanted to help people – people who feel like they can’t speak for themselves or fight for their rights.

One of the areas that immediately caught my attention was the Lemon Law. There are times when people buy cars, trucks, RVs, and motorcycles that simply are defective. They take their vehicles in for repair time and time again, and they still don’t run properly. In the meantime, they’re often without transportation and feel like they’re banging their heads against a brick wall. They can’t seem to get a straight answer from the dealer or manufacturer. In other words, they feel stuck with a Lemon Auto.

Unfortunately, people often don’t realize that every state has a Lemon Law, and that Lemon Laws can help them get refunds, new vehicles, or cash settlements. They often don’t understand that an attorney can be an enormous help in getting rid of their lemon cars. And they don’t know that getting an attorney’s help doesn’t cost a dime. Lemon Laws are written so that the vehicle manufacturer or dealer pays for all attorney fees – not the consumer.

I’ve created this blog so that I can discuss Lemon Law, give you tips about what you should do if you think you have a Lemon, and keep you up to date with the latest news about Lemon Laws and vehicle defects. I hope you find the Lemon Justice blog informative, and that it empowers you to take steps to get your Lemon out of your life.

If you think you have a Lemon, visit our Lemon Meter. In less than five minutes, you can see whether or not your vehicle qualifies as a Lemon under your state’s laws.

All the best,