Lawsuits and Appeals

Can I sue someone who says or writes something untrue about me?
Yes, but in order to prove defamation (libel or slander), you’ll have to be able to prove that what was said or written about you was false and that they seriously harmed your reputation. You will not have a case if the statement is true or if you consented to publication of the statement. You may have a case if the statement(s) are so false and shameful that they caused damage to your reputation in a lasting way. Public figures like politicians and celebrities may have a more difficult time of proving libel or slander because of their public position. Statements of opinion without specific false facts or verbal insults are generally not considered libel or slander. An attorney who handles libel and slander can assess your claim to see if you have a valid case.
How can I prove that my car is a lemon?
Keeping dated and detailed repair records for you car is the first step. Repair shops and dealer repair centers are required to provide repair reports to consumers after they have worked on a vehicle. If they refuse, make a note of the date and work done and any conversations held with the repair person. Keeping a calendar may also be helpful to mark off how many days your car is out of working order. Pictures of visible defects should be taken as appropriate. Keep a written summary of any phone conversations held with repair shops or dealers related to your car. Because each state differs in interpretation of what makes a car a “lemon”, consult your attorney general’s office or a consumer law attorney for advice about your rights and options related to lemon laws in your state.
My vehicle was “As Is” when I bought it, do I have any protection against major repairs later?
Probably not. Cars listed “as is” have no express or implied warranty protecting them (and you) which means they won’t be considered under “lemon law” standards. Vehicles listed for purchase in “as is” condition are generally used vehicles and are more likely to require significant repairs than a vehicle sold under warranty. If expensive repairs are needed (e.g. to the engine, transmission, or front end) the seller may have opted not to conduct the repairs themselves before sale. Some states prohibit the sale of vehicles in “as is” condition. A consumer law attorney can advise you about your rights in this situation.