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Steven Todd Keppler

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  • Is there a statute of limitations for an approved vehicle replacement under NJ Lemon Law?

    Ford approved a vehicle replacement under NJ Lemon Law. The dealership has repeatedly sold the replacements while the RAV worksheet process was under review, 2 times already. It's been over 3 months. How much longer can the dealership continue to ...

    Steven’s Answer

    There is no specific statute of limitations with respect to when the replacement vehicle is provided, once the matter is resolved. Generally speaking, we deal in terms of what's commercially reasonable under the circumstances. Without a thorough review of your claims and the rest of the documentation in the file, it's impossible to know whether something fishy is going on here. In addition, it's difficult to know replacement vehicles that are allegedly "for you" are being sold; they may simply be inventory in stock. Again, without looking at the entirety of the file, I cannot say with any certainty.

    Without knowing how long you're waiting for a replacement vehicle, it's hard to say 'how long' the dealer can do anything - assuming anything they've done is improper (which I don't know, based on the info provided).

    If you have an attorney - speak to your attorney about this. If you don't, contact the NJ Dept of Consumer Affairs.

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  • I brought a car a private dealership since i old the down payment they refused to give me my tags and registration

    Is that. Even legal. I can't DRIVE the car

    Steven’s Answer

    This question doesn't make sense; please consider re-submitting or clarifying it

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  • Scams out there by Moving companies

    Hi All It seems there are lot of moving companies(shift your furniture) who are mugging their customers big time. The modus operandi is simple - Give then a quote which beats the market, entice them into a contract and then finally charge them ...

    Steven’s Answer

    based on what you're saying, there's a potential for a claim here for (among other things) consumer fraud. Movers are subject to fairly strict regulations, as another colleague noted.

    That said, you should sit down with an attorney to determine whether you were taken advantage of, to what extent, and what you could/should do about it.

    Good luck.

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  • Who declares the vehicle a lemon and if the new car needed a new engine after 100 miles and they replaced it can i keep it would

    it still be under warranty. , And will a finance company finance a lemon. Why wont the dealership give me the option to put me in a new car,

    Steven’s Answer

    The NJ Dept of Consumer Affairs has a pretty good pamphlet on topic, I've attached it here.
    (http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/News/Brochures/Lemon-Law-Road-to-Relief-Brochure.pdf)

    Essentially, if your new car has less than 24,000 miles on it and experiences a repeating issue 3 or more times that can be fixed OR is in the shop more than 20 days for any reason, it might be a lemon. There are always proof issues and you have some procedural hurdles to deal with (is the issue one that "subtantially impairs the safety/value/use& enjoyment" of the vehicle is a big one) and notice requirements. You can go directly to the Dept of consumer Affairs OR hire an attorney.

    In your case, if they fixed the engine and you're happy, there are still issues with the value of the vehicle-as-repaired vs the vehicle as if new that could be actionable.

    NJ lemon law cases will garner successful plaintiffs attorneys fees/costs plus the full value of the car (less a carve-out for use depreciation)

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  • If an attorney has to file a motion to compel to get the other party to comply with discovery , will the case be affected

    My step daughter is suing me, as the executor of my husband's estate. She has not provided official school records, complete answers to the interogatory and other documentation. What is the likely hood of a motion to compel being granted, and ...

    Steven’s Answer

    This is an impossible question to answer reliably in the absence of a thorough understanding of the entire case. This is one crucial reason retaining an attorney is essential to making the most of your case (in general).

    That said, courts will routinely grant a motion to compel discovery where the information requested is accessible and relevant and does not require the responding party to act beyond the confines of the Rules of Court. From your question, it's usually a given the judge will compel answers to interrogatories and doc requests.

    However, where school records are concerned, there might be an alternative way to get them (i.e. via the Open Public Records Act) and the judge might rule you should get them yourself.

    Good luck

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  • Hi I Leased a 2015 nissan juke March 3, 2016. Two weeks after the engine broke. It was in shop for 39 days

    I was asked not to speak to the dealership not there problem the car belonged to me and the finance co. I called corporate and they would not talk to me until the final work was completed. I was getting no where all that I felt was that the car w...

    Steven’s Answer

    Based on the foregoing, you need to sit down with an attorney immediately to go over the case. I don't like to Monday-morning quarterback another attorney's efforts (especially without knowing what she/he did) but it does appear that your current attorney may not be doing the best possible job. If you want to fire your attorney, you do have that right.

    That said, an engine failure should have been IMMEDIATELY fixed by the manufacturer at a dealership's shop.

    Good luck.

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  • Do I have any recourse being one of the sellers. From an order to show cause the buyer stated we breached the contract.

    I was involved in a sale in Mid. June of 2012 and was not told my sibling was paying for the buyers litigation attorney . We both were defendents and consented . With terms to be performed by the buyer by a certain date. The buyers first attorney...

    Steven’s Answer

    I strongly encourage you to sit down with a qualified attorney as soon as possible to go over this situation in detail, preferably with all of your documentation, as this sounds like a fraud.

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  • I need to know if this is true

    I filled a form online for mortgage relief I was contacted by several firms . They all state that my mortgage company was conducting fraud . I can sue them lower my monthly bill, reduce interest rate and not pay mortgage while in litigation

    Steven’s Answer

    No one has any way of knowing if your current mortgage company is committing fraud (or your previous one, for that matter.) I'm not entirely sure how a few cold calls from competitors would establish a fraud, either.

    In any event, only a thorough review of your mortgage documents and a review of the conduct of the relevant parties will tell if there's fraud and whether it's actionable.

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  • How do you buy an exotic car

    Hi, I just have a quick question. I have a lot of cash saved up, (I don't believe in banks) and well I don't make a lot per year and I want to know how to purchase an exotic car and actually get approved for it.

    Steven’s Answer

    This is a site for the public to ask attorneys legal questions (hopefully of a general nature) and for participating attorneys to provide responses (hopefully of a general nature). It is not a "how-to" site for non-legal issues such as the one you've posted.

    That being said, if you have a job that doesn't pay very well it's probably not in your best interest to finance an exotic car regardless of how much money you've saved up.

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  • Received and ignored someone else jury summons

    My mom(70 yr old) received someone else juror summons in her mail box she accidentally opened and later forgot about it. And today she told me that she has seen someone summons in our mail box and forgot where she has kept. So here my question can...

    Steven’s Answer

    If the summons isn't addressed to your mother, she can ignore it. I agree with my colleague that a "wrong addressee" or similar note on the summons is probably appropriate so the Court knows it's got a bad address.

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