Smith v General Motors Corp.

Ronald Lee Burdge

Case Conclusion Date:August 18, 2006

Practice Area:Lemon Law

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.