Did you know that Connecticut Lemon Law was the first in the nation?
Signed into law on June 4, 1982, Connecticut’s Lemon Law paved the way for every other state in the U.S. to pass its own version of a Lemon Law. John J. Woodcock III, sponsored the bill (PA 82-287), and Governor William A. O’Neill signed it.
According to the Central Connecticut State University, Center for Public Policy & Social Research:
President Ronald Reagan’s policy of deregulation left consumers subject to fraud and other abuses by manufacturers. A federal law, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975, and Uniform Commercial Codes provided some protection for the consumer, but the way in which these laws were written meant the consumer usually ended up filing a lawsuit against the manufacturer. Seeking redress under either statute led to ‘frustration, delays, expense and uncertainty.’ (Kegley and Hiller, 1986, p. 88). Hence the need for a more consumer-friendly procedure.