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Assembly approves changes to state's Lemon Law

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The state Assembly has voted to make Wisconsin’s Lemon Law a little sweeter for automakers.

The lower house voted 88-8 Wednesday in favor of a watered-down package that eliminates double damages against car companies that don’t provide either refunds or replacements within 30 days when new vehicles go bad.

The time limit to provide replacements would be extended to 45 days. Also, the amount of time to file lawsuits would be reduced from 6 years to 3.

Several other provisions were dropped in negotiations with trial lawyers.

Assembly Republican Bill Kramer of Waukesha and Senate Republican Jerry Petrowski of Marathon proposed identical bills aimed at reducing large settlements in Lemon Law cases.

Vince Megna, a Milwaukee attorney who specializes in these cases, says the double damage provision often resulted in early settlements – and without the provision, he expects cases to drag out in court longer.

The Senate takes up the bill next. All 8 no votes in the Assembly came from Democrats.