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Ronald Lee Burdge

Ronald Burdge’s Legal Cases

35 total

  • Reagans v Mountainhigh Coachworks

    Practice Area:
    Lemon Law
    Date:
    Jan 31, 2008
    Outcome:
    Consumer prevailed
    Description:
    Novel case of first impression determining the extent of an innocent lender's liability for defunct seller's claims and defenses under 16 CFR 433, the FTC Holder Rule; lemon motorhome built by defunct California company, sold by defunct Rv dealer, judgment awarded against both of them; legal issue was the extent of the bank's liability for that judgment.
  • Klimaszewski v Ganley, Inc.

    Practice Area:
    Lemon Law
    Outcome:
    Won appeal
    Description:
    Issue was enforceability of car dealer's arbitration clause that dealer tried to use to keep consumer from being able to pursue their legal rights in court. The trial court upheld the binding arbitration clause. Consumer appealed to the Court of Appeals. The appeals court reversed trial court’s decision to enforce arbitration clause in the sales contract, sending the case back to the trial court for litigation. Plaintiff consumers won on the merits.
  • Walker v State Farm Mutual Auto Insurance Company

    Practice Area:
    Consumer Protection
    Date:
    Dec 30, 2007
    Outcome:
    Consumer Prevailed in Settlement
    Description:
    One of several dozen wrecked car cases involving the resale by State Farm Insurance Co. of cars that had been totaled out in insurance claims without branding the vehicles as "salvage." The vehicles were subsequently rebuilt and resold to consumers by other middlemen and used car dealers. In pretrial motions, and contrary to several other trial court decisions, the court here held that a Consumer Act claim can not be stated against an insurance company but other claims could.
  • Whitaker v MT Automotive, Inc.

    Practice Area:
    Lemon Law
    Outcome:
    Consumer Won Appeal
    Description:
    Car dealer auto sales fraud case; Amicus (friend of the court) brief filed on behalf of National Association of Consumer Advocates in support of Consumer's legal position on the law; case of first impression for Ohio Supreme Court; arguing for allowing recovery of tripled noneconomic damages under the Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act in addition to actual damages. Supreme Court agreed and reversed lower appeals court opinion.
  • Smith v General Motors Corp.

    Practice Area:
    Lemon Law
    Date:
    Aug 18, 2006
    Outcome:
    Plaintiff Won, Affirmed on Appeal
    Description:
    This auto fraud sales case involved both the dealer and the manufacturer and a lemon that was replaced through allegedly extortionate means on the consumer, forcing them to sign documents they did not want to sign or to leave the dealership with no car at all (not even the one they came in with). Appeals court affirmed the verdict and the trial court's decision allowing an expert to testify on car dealer sales terminology and tactics and upholding a punitive damage ratio of $840 actual damages to $35,000 punitive damages, plus substantial attorney fees assessed against the manufacturer and dealer.
  • Olah v Ganley Chevrolet, Inc.

    Practice Area:
    Consumer Protection
    Date:
    Feb 16, 2006
    Outcome:
    Consumer Won Appeal; Consumer Won at Trial.
    Description:
    Court of appeals ruled for the consumer-plaintiff, holding the car dealer's binding arbitration clause and arbitration process was unconscionable because it misleads a consumer and fails to disclose material terms of the arbitration process. Consumer later won at trial.
  • Hall v Jack Walker Pontiac Toyota, Inc.

    Practice Area:
    Class Action
    Date:
    Dec 01, 2000
    Outcome:
    Case Settled
    Description:
    Case involved class action against car dealership over its advertisements of improving credit for customers and class action certification requirements under the Credit Services Organization and Consumer Acts and car dealership sales and financing practices. Afterwards the auto industry's trade group in Ohio successfully lobbied the state legislature to amend the law to exempt car dealers from it so they wouldn't be sued again.
  • Williams v Spitzer Autoworld Canton LLC

    Practice Area:
    Consumer Protection
    Outcome:
    Ohio Supreme Court upheld statute & Evidence Rule
    Description:
    Was asked to draft and file Amicus brief on behalf of National Association of Consumer Advocates and Ohio Association for Justice; allowing Parole Evidence Rule to take effect in claims under the Consumer Sales Practices Act
  • Searles v Germain Ford of Columbus LLC

    Practice Area:
    Consumer Protection
    Outcome:
    Consumer Won Appeal, Case later settled
    Description:
    Case of first impression determining that a consumer can bring both individual claims and a class action claim in the same case under Ohio’s Unfair and Deceptive Acts and Practices statute
  • Arnold v Volkswagen of America Inc.

    Practice Area:
    Lemon Law
    Outcome:
    Consumer won
    Description:
    case of first impression requiring Indiana car dealer engaged in internet transactions with Ohio residents to be licensed under Ohio’s Motor Vehicle Dealer Licensing statute and holding the failure to violate the Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act