Skip to main content
Patrick St George Cousins
Avvo
Pro

Patrick Cousins’s Legal Cases

26 total

  • Fox v. Porsche

    Practice Area:
    Lemon Law
    Date:
    May 18, 2008
    Outcome:
    Patrick Cousins won case for Mr Fox
    Description:
    Landmark 2008 case where Mr. Fox won his lemon law claim against Porsche and was awarded nearly $600,000 in damages thus making it the largest lemon law victory in Florida and arguably the largest in America. Thereafter, Mr. Fox filed another action against Porsche to recover the attorney fees he paid to have his vehicle declared a lemon. Ultimately this case was appealed and I, Patrick Cousins, made the oral argument heard front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit which held that the case Gelinas V. Forest River (another one of my landmark cases) controlled thus allowing Mr. Fox to recover his attorney fees.
  • Gelinas v. Forest River

    Practice Area:
    Lemon Law
    Date:
    Aug 29, 2008
    Outcome:
    Mr. Gelinas won his case re defective RV
    Description:
    Mr. Gelinas was the first consumer in Florida to arbitrate his issues regarding his defective recreational vehicle (RV) under Florida's present RV Lemon Law program. Mr. Gelinas was successful in having his RV declared a "lemon" and then sought to have his attorney fees for having to bring the lemon law case reimbursed from the manufacturer, Forest River. After over 8 years of court procedures, Florida's supreme court confirmed that Mr. Gelinas was in fact entitled to have his attorney's fees reimbursed by Forest River, the manufacturer of the defective RV.
  • Reid v SAIA Trucking

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Date:
    Oct 01, 2001
    Outcome:
    Jury returned 2.5 million verdict for client
    Description:
    Mr. Reid lost his wife of less than a year due to the negligence of a SAIA truck driver that struck Mr. Reid's wife's disabled vehicle from behind on the highway in Miami, Florida.The jury found that even though Mr. Reid was married for less than a year and did not have any children with his wife, 21.5 million was the value of his loss.
  • Gelinas v. Forest River, 931 So. 2d 970 (Fla. 4th DCA 2006), review denied, 954 So. 2d 27 (Fla. 2007)

    Practice Area:
    Lemon Law
    Outcome:
    Victory for Mr. Gelinas and all Florida consumers!
    Description:
    A fitting end to an auspicious beginning, Mr. Gelinas was the very first person to file a Lemon Law claim on a Recreational Vehicle in Florida. Mr. Gelinas won his Lemon Law arbitration but was not compensated for the fees paid to his attorney or for other damages not covered under Florida’s Lemon Law program. Cousins Law Firm sued the Manufacturer to recover the damages not covered by the Lemon Law Arbitration Program, such as expenses for maintaining the vehicle that was deemed a lemon, and the fees Mr. Gelinas paid in fighting the Manufacturer over his lemon coach. After a lengthy court battle, where one court ruled completely opposite of another, Cousins Law Firm and Mr. Gelinas persisted and prevailed in winning the right to collect his damages. A Consumer’s right to collect attorney’s fees in now firmly established in law.
  • Fox v. Porsche Cars North America, Inc., 279 Fed. Appx. 748 (US 11th COA 2008)

    Practice Area:
    Lemon Law
    Date:
    Jan 07, 2009
    Outcome:
    Patrick Cousins wins largest Florida Lemon case!
    Description:
    A prominent California businessman and automobile aficionado purchased this 2004 Porsche Carrera GT with the intent of enjoying its fine engineering and race-bred handling. Unfortunately, an irreparable engine oil leak along with other minor problems resulted in the vehicle being out of service for over 100 days. A new, non numbers-matching engine was sourced from Germany, but the repair was not completed in time. Patrick Cousins represented the Consumer in Porsche's dispute settlement program of choice, the National Center for Dispute Settlement, lost, and appealed to the Florida New Motor Vehicle Arbitration Board. The Board unaminously found in the Consumer's favor. The Board held: "There was no dispute that the defects complained of by the Consumer substantially impaired the use, value, and safety of the vehicle[.]" Porsche was ordered to pay the Consumer $567,138.89. It has been verified with the Florida Attorney General's Office that this is the largest Lemon Law refund in Florida history. Thereafter, Patrick Cousins, who is licensed to represent consumers in cases up to and including the Supreme Court of the United States, argued an appeal in the 11th Circuit United States Court of Appeals on issues which arose out of the lower court case. Mr. Cousins argued and the United States Appeals Court agreed that a Consumer has a right to collect attorney's fees in Florida. (The 11th Circuit United States Court of Appeals is one level under the Supreme Court of the United States.)
  • Demond v. Workhorse

    Practice Area:
    Lemon Law
    Date:
    Jan 07, 2009
    Outcome:
    The Demonds won their case against Workhorse
    Description:
    The Demonds had trouble with their RV which once caused them to be stranded in the deep wilderness. Workhorse, the manufacturer of their RV's chassis, refused to repair their vehicle and refused to repurchase it per Florida Statute Chapter 681, the Lemon Law. The case went to court, and the judge ruled via summary judgment that as a matter of law that the Demond's RV was a lemon. The Demonds were awarded a repurchase of their RV and all the legal fees they paid were reimbursed by Workhorse( over $75,000 in legal fees and the Demonds received appx $50,000 in refund of all the money they paid into the RV. The court also required Workhorse to pay off the lein on the RV)
  • Popham v Mercedes Benz

    Practice Area:
    Lemon Law
    Date:
    Jun 05, 2009
    Outcome:
    David Popham won his case against Mercedes
    Description:
    Mr. Popham owned a Mercedes Benz Flagship SLR, a $500,000 automobile. The court awarded Mr. Popham a complete refund and also awarded Mercedes Benz pay Mr. Popham's attorneys fees.
  • McCarter v. Bigfoot

    Practice Area:
    Lemon Law
    Date:
    Apr 05, 2001
    Outcome:
    Ms.McCarter was victorious in her claim
    Description:
    Ms. McCarter purchased a Bigfoot conversion van that leaked every time it rained. Bigfoot, a Canadian manufacturer, refused to honor their warranty therefore McCarter sued to enforce her warranty rights.
  • Fischetti v. Isuzu

    Practice Area:
    Lemon Law
    Date:
    May 01, 2009
    Outcome:
    case settled to clients' satisfaction
    Description:
    Fischetti's sued for defect regarding vehicle's paint. Case settled after intense litigation.
  • Harrison v. Infinity

    Practice Area:
    Lemon Law
    Outcome:
    Manufacturer repurchased defective vehicle
    Description:
    (not available)