San Diego, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/07/2014 -- The Law Offices of Douglas D. Law, Esq. is pleased to announce that Mr. Law has been selected for the second straight year as one of San Diego’s Top Lawyers by San Diego Magazine. The selection is based on Mr. Law’s AV rating as “Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating awarded to lawyers by the international organization.
Mr. Law’s firm specializes in cases arising under California’s consumer protection statutes including the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act (the “Lemon Law”), and California’s consumer fraud and unfair business practices statute the Consumer’s Legal Remedies Act. Mr. Law also handles cases arising under California’s truth-in-lending law the Automobile Sales Financing Act. While cases under these laws come in all shapes and sizes, most revolve around vehicle defects and repairs or sale issues where the consumer is entitled to a repurchase of the vehicle.
Initially, the firm screen cases based upon the year, make and model of the vehicle, the types of problems the buyer has experienced and in the case of lemon law, the number of repair attempts that have been performed under warranty. This typically involves gathering and reviewing the repair orders for the vehicle, the sale documents and listening to the buyer’s experience with the vehicle from purchase to date. It is not unusual for clients to feel very strongly about the vehicle’s defects and the treatment they have received at selling and repairing dealerships. The place that vehicles take in monthly budgets contributes to a buyer’s desire to seek help and restitution for poorly operating and designed vehicles.
Once a case appears to fit the consumer protection statute’s requirements, research is performed regarding particular problems. The internet is a vast reservoir of information regarding vehicles and it is not unusual for internet research to reveal other owners saying the same thing about a particular vehicle and its problems or a particular dealership and its sales practices. A manufacturer’s technical literature is also a good source of information particularly regarding the history of a vehicle’s defects and the manufacturer’s attempts to respond to widespread problems. A single sentence in the technical literature can sometimes be a “game-breaker.”
Many cases settle early in the process once the client’s claims are presented to the manufacturer and/or selling dealer. These cases can be concluded in two to three months with little expenditure of time by the clients. Other cases, however, go into the discovery process which can involve a vehicle inspection, depositions and retention of experts.
The good part is that the client does not have to pay for these services. The consumer protection statutes all provide for the consumer’s attorney’s fees and costs to paid for by the defendants should the case prevail. Mr. Law takes all his cases on a contingency basis at no charge to the client. In the unlikely event the case is not successful, the law firm does not get paid.
“I am very proud of the help I provide to car buyers who have had an awful experience with an expensive product. I have handled these cases for over 25 years and have never lost my sense of accomplishment upon each successful resolution. It is particularly rewarding to me when my clients show their appreciation of my efforts by reviewing me on the internet, recommending me to their friends and family or simply saying ‘thank you.’”
About Douglas D. Law
Mr. Law is married to Anna Jauregui-Law a criminal appellate attorney and has four children, Eric, Ryan, Alexander and Kelli.
The Law Offices of Douglas D. Law, Esq.
12520 High Bluff Drive, Suite 360
San Diego, California 92130
Phone: (888) 587-9623