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

Examples of lemon law in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most lemon laws follow state guidelines, Gordon said, because the federal lemon law guidelines are too vague. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, 8 Aug. 2021 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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“Lemon law.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lemon%20law. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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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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