Steven Michael Fahlgren’s Answers

Steven Michael Fahlgren

Divorce / Separation Lawyer.

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  1. Can i sue a buy here pay here company for a car that has rolled back miles?

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Steven Michael Fahlgren
    2. Mark Theodore Tischhauser
    3. Joseph Kenneth Lacome
    3 lawyer answers

    It depends on the age of the vehicle. If the vehicle is beyond a certain age, the dealer may still be liable for fraud if it knowingly misrepresented the mileage. You will need a consumer protection attorney to review your potential matter.

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  2. Can I sue a car Dealership?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Hovanes Margarian
    2. Steven Michael Fahlgren
    3. David P Fraser
    4. Grant Reilly Gillenwater
    4 lawyer answers

    According to the information you have provided, you have a problem with a car dealer; specifically, you may have purchased a vehicle without proper disclosure or in a situation where the prior use, condition, history or type of vehicle was misrepresented. Fortunately, I have a lot of experience defending and suing car dealers. Prior to forming my own practice in 2002, I represented several car dealers. Since forming my own practice, I represent consumers and no longer represent any car...

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  3. I bought a 2010 jeep liberty, new, and shortly after began having electrical issues. Do I have a case under Florida Lemon Law?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Steven Michael Fahlgren
    2. Frank Lowell Hollander
    3. Grant Reilly Gillenwater
    3 lawyer answers

    You may have damage that was not disclosed to you but which the dealer knew about, e.g., a flood damaged vehicle. I would obtain an autocheck and carfax report. If the dealer misrepresented the prior use, condition or history of the vehicle, you may have a fraud claim.

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  4. Moving company problem

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Steven Michael Fahlgren
    2. Scott Richard Kaufman
    2 lawyer answers

    Your attorney should consider the Carmack Amendment to the Interstate Commerce Act which may preempt State law. At least that is something that will need to be researched. Also consider contacting the FMCSA at 888-368-7238 to complain and see if there is anything else that can be done. Perhaps you would also want to contact attorney George Pezold who wrote the book, Freight Claims in Plain English. I have hired him in the past as a consultant on a freight claims case but that was about ten...

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  5. Can I sue a company for putting false information on my credit report?

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Dorothy G Bunce
    2. John Gillespie
    3. Steven Michael Fahlgren
    4. Mildred N. Phillips
    4 lawyer answers

    Without a dispute to the credit bureaus first, your case would be difficult. Although the furnisher may have violated Section 1681s-2(a) of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, I do not believe there is a private right of action without disputing first to the credit bureaus. There are two provisions of the FCRA that attempt to preempt defamation actions and it would be wise to become familiar with those also. If you need a sample dispute letter, please feel free to send an email to me. I wish you the...

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  6. Can I sue my auto loan company if they reported 6 months payments late on my credit report. When I'm current with my car payment

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Jacqueline Alicia Salcines
    2. Steven Michael Fahlgren
    3. Jessie Lea Lundberg
    4. Richard Glenn Elie
    4 lawyer answers

    Without a dispute to the credit bureaus first, your case would be difficult. Although the furnisher/auto loan company may have violated Section 1681s-2(a) of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, I do not believe there is a private right of action without disputing first to the credit bureaus. There are two provisions of the FCRA that attempt to preempt defamation actions and it would be wise to become familiar with those also. If you need a sample dispute letter, please feel free to send an email...

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  7. In 1998, GMAC credit filed a judgement on me for a car that I voluntary returned (repo) due to ongoing mechanical problems.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Christine B. Adams
    2. Steven Michael Fahlgren
    3. David Jay Sternberg
    4. Robert Jason De Groot
    5. Shaye Larkin
    5 lawyer answers

    Good news. Wages are exempt in Florida if you are the head of household, i.e. ,provide more than one-half of the support for another person. Although judgments last a long time now, there was a time when they needed to be rerecorded, etc., so you need an attorney to spend about a half hour with you reviewing the judgment, etc. and discussing your options. It might take an hour if you get into all of the exemptions and still longer if you want to discuss a possible Chapter 7 bankruptcy. I...

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  8. I bought used car that broke down within a few days, can I sue the dealer?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Barry A. Stein
    2. Mark Theodore Tischhauser
    3. Steven Michael Fahlgren
    4. Elizabeth Ahern Wells
    5. Dmitry N Feofanov
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    According to the information you have provided, you have a problem with a car dealer; specifically, you may have purchased a vehicle without proper disclosure or in a situation where the prior use, condition, history or type of vehicle was misrepresented. Fortunately, I have a lot of experience defending and suing car dealers. Prior to forming my own practice in 2002, I represented several car dealers. Since forming my own practice, I represent consumers and no longer represent any car...

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  9. Just found out that my recently purchased used vehicle was in an accident.

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Steven Michael Fahlgren
    2. Scott Richard Kaufman
    3. M. Adam Jones
    4. Tanya Marie Bachand
    4 lawyer answers

    I believe you may have a case and the dealer should be responsible. Fortunately, I have a lot of experience defending and suing car dealers. Prior to forming my own practice in 2002, I represented several car dealers. Since forming my own practice, I represent consumers and no longer represent any car dealers. To my knowledge, there are relatively few attorneys in central Florida and Northeast Florida who regularly sue car dealers. I have sued several car dealerships for selling a use...

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  10. If I offer a payment and the debt collector refuses, are they required to remove it from my credit report?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Steven Michael Fahlgren
    2. Dorothy G Bunce
    3. Eugene P. Castagliuolo
    3 lawyer answers

    You probably have to tender payment but you may also want to try and get the trade line removed as part of a resolution. Also, if it is disputed (I have represented a lot of individuals who thought the repossession was kosher but upon analysis by me, I was able to defeat a deficiency and get some money in the client's pocket), you may want to ensure you do not receive a 1099-c from the creditor if you settle for less than full balance. A 1099-c is given for discharge of an indebtedness and...

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