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Wisconsin Lemon Law attorney won't advise DOT on interpreting law changes

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Wisconsin's best known Lemon Law attorney said he turned down a request to give advice to a top state DOT lawyer on interpreting recent changes in the law.  

Vince Megna of Milwaukee tells the Associated Press it would have hurt his legal practice, had he honored general counsel John Sobotik's request to answer questions about the law.  

Megna is best known for suing companies which make defective cars -- and he said those defendants would have accused him of helping the state interpret the same provisions he challenges in court.  

Sobotik confirmed to the AP that he sought advice from Megna and others on a number of things. One was the law's requirement for using a DOT form to report defective cars to manufacturers.

Sobotik told Megna the form would "virtually gut" the Lemon Law because consumers would have no idea that a government form is required. Megna said he believes a form posted on the DOT's Web site this week is inaccurate.  

Lawmakers approved the Lemon Law changes a few months ago with support from both parties, automakers, trial lawyers, and the state's largest business group.  

Owners of defective cars now have three years to sue manufacturers, instead of the previous six years. Buyers can only seek actual damages, after the previous law required double damages.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)