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November 20, 2011

Car Dealer Rip-Offs In A Nutshell!

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New car 001Okay, so you're ready to buy or lease that shiny new or used car.  You've picked it out, the car is a beaut!  It's a great fit for your image, your needs, your life.  But beware! Amid all of that excitement lurks the possibility that you are getting ripped off by the dealer. 


Used cars 001In this post I'm going to briefly describe the many, many, many ways that an unscrupulous dealer can rip you off.  Call or e-mail me if you think you've been a victim of one or more of these scams and we will explore your situation together (consultations are, of course, free!).  You may have legal rights and it is my job to empower you with knowledge of those rights and remedies!!!

Odometer Fraud

Odometer fraud 001Misdisclosure of odometer accuracy and misrepresentation of a vehicle's mileage.  This can happen in a number of ways including, but not limited to: Rolling back the mileage, disconnecting the odometer while the car is being driven by executives, building cars with odometers that overstate mileage which decreases the time the vehicle is under warranty and increasing mileage penalties on leased vehicles.  Click here for further info on odometer fraud

Undisclosed Prior Damage -- Decreased Market Value!

Salvage 004 Used car after 001You have rights if you find out that you were not told about prior damage to your car.  It could have been damaged by weather conditions (floods, hurricanes, storms, etc.), a prior wreck or if it had been stolen and stripped. (Just look at these dramatic before and after pictures!!!)

Seriously, though, even if a car seems to be mechanically sound and cosmetically clean, its prior damage and/or wreck history means that its true market value has been dramatically decreased!

Undisclosed Prior History: Mechanical Problems, Lemon Laundering

Dealers may fail to disclose documented histories of mechanical problems.  Unconscionable you say?  You're right but conscience isn't always foremost on the car salesman's mind!  You have rights!!

Lemon 001What is Lemon Laundering? Well, there is widespread consumer use of their state's lemon laws. Manufacturers repurchase thousands of lemons every year.  Lemon Laundering is the resale of these defective used cars to unsuspecting consumers without disclosure of their prior history.  Again, unconscionable? Again, yes.  Again, you have rights.

Not Telling You Who Owned Your Car or How Your Car Was Utilized! (Bad!!!)

Little old lady Police car 002Oh, so your new car was owned by a Little Old Lady From Pasadena?  Maybe.  What if you weren't told that your car actually one of the following scenarios?            
    Multiple prior owners, former rental car, police car, part of a fleet of leased cars, repossessed, used for driver's education training or former taxi cab?  Hmm, if any of these scenarios applies was not disclosed to you, then you've got rights and you need to contact me (see below).

As-Is -- Really?

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An "As-is" sticker in the window or even on your sales contract is not an absolute defense for fraud!!!  A seller cannot use warranty disclaimers as a shield against claims of fraud or misrepresentation arising from their actions toward you. If you've been defrauded, you have rights!

What You May Be Entitled To

When you've been defrauded, you may be entitled to the following:

  • Return the car and get a full refund of your down payment, payments already made (rescission)
  • Damages
  • Attorneys fees
  • Punitive damages

Justice For You

JusticeIf you or a family member or close friend has been ripped off (or you suspect has been ripped off) by an unscrupulous car dealer or salesperson, then you have rights that should be explored. 

Contact me to evaluate your concerns and provide you with the utmost in legal guidance.


Contact Attorney Lowell Steiger to Discuss Your Legal Rights

Your Consultation is FREE

            (323) 852-1100      

            (877) 487-8221      

e-mail [email protected]

November 13, 2011

DePuy Hip Replacement Failures Lead to Massive Recall

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People with a DePuy ASR hip replacement implant are experiencing a high rate of failure and pain associated with this device, sometimes shortly after surgery.  See New York Times Johnson & Johnson Recalls Hip Implants

Hip replacement surgery explained  Hip replacement xray right

People with the DePuy ASR have filed lawsuits because, despite reports of injury with this device, the manufacturer failed to inform doctors and patients of the known risks associated with this device and waited to issue a DePuy recall until August 2010.

Recalled x-ray 001The Manufacturer of the DePuy ASR has Issued a DePuy Recall Due to a High Rate of Failure (Bloomberg). The DePuy ASR is a Metal on Metal (MoM) prosthetic device consisting of a ball and corresponding socket implanted in thousands of patients around the world during hip replacement surgery. DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., the medical device maker and part of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, marketed this hip prosthetic in a “resurfacing” version called DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System and as total hip replacement called the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System.

Fda warningSince 2008, there have been more than 300 complaints about this device filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), with more than 90% of these cases requiring another hip replacement surgery to replace the defective implant. Still, there was no DePuy recall.  See FDA Warning Letter to DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. 

The design of the device made it difficult for surgeons to implant, causing improper fusing with the bone and loose implants. Friction from movement of the metal on metal socket also creates metal shavings or debris in the soft tissue surrounding the device, causing pain, inflammation and necrosis or tissue death. This damage and inflammation can cause severe pain and disability, can be irreversible and complicate future replacement surgery. MoM hip implants, such as the DePuy ASR also release metal ions into the body.

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In 2009, the manufacturer voluntarily removed the DePuy ASR from the Australian market due to the device’s high failure rate, but they failed to issue a DePuy recall in the U.S. and doctors unknowingly continued use of the devices for patient’s hip replacement surgery. The company notified U.S. physicians about the Australian higher than anticipated failure rates in a March 2010 letter, only advising physicians that proper surgical positioning of the implant was essential.

On August 26, 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. finally issued a DePuy recall, citing that 12%-13 % of patients with these defective implants would need to have a revision surgery.

Justice For Your Injuries 

JusticeIf you or a family member or close friend has undergone a DePuy hip replacement that has been the subject of this recall, you may have the right to file a lawsuit against the manufacturers (namely Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc.).

Contact me to evaluate your concerns and provide you with the utmost in legal guidance.


Contact Attorney Lowell Steiger to Discuss Your Legal Rights

Your Consultation is FREE

            (323) 852-1100      

            (877) 487-8221      

e-mail [email protected]


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