lemon law


Definition of lemon law

: a law offering car buyers relief (as by repair, replacement, or refund) for defects detected during a specified period after purchase

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Recent Examples on the Web Of the nearly $215,000 the jury awarded Margeson under the lemon law, $72,564.04 was in compensatory damages that essentially repay Margeson for his truck, which was among the priciest on the market at the time. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, 13 Oct. 2020 The jury award to Margeson included the maximum amount allowed for Ford’s violation of California’s lemon law, totaling $214,537.34, plus legal fees. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, 13 Oct. 2020 Kovacs found a lawyer in Michigan who specializes in lemon law cases and negotiated a deal with Ford. Phoebe Wall Howard, Freep.com, 26 Dec. 2019 Convicted killer Drew Peterson’s former attorney will appeal after a federal judge slapped him with a $50,000 fine and ordered him to undergo anger management training for his scorched-earth tactics in a straightforward lemon law case. Steve Schmadeke, chicagotribune.com, 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of lemon law

1981, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lemon law was in 1981

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“Lemon law.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lemon%20law. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of lemon law

US : a law that gives a person who buys a car that has a defect the right to return the car or to have the seller pay to have it fixed

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Legal Definition of lemon law

: a statute that grants the purchaser of a car specific remedies (as a refund) if the car has a defect that impairs or significantly affects its use, value, or safety and that cannot be repaired within a specified period


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