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Wis. Seeks to Scale Back Lemon Laws

September 18, 2013

Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) The Wisconsin state Senate has voted to tighten the state's lemon law, which covers when consumers can sue auto manufacturers.

The Senate passed a bill Tuesday would remove the ability to receive double damages in such cases and shorten the deadline for bringing a lawsuit from six years after purchasing a faulty vehicle to three years.

The bill is backed by the state's largest business lobbying group as well as a coalition of vehicle manufacturers and dealers.

The Assembly passed it on a bipartisan 88-8 vote in June. The Senate passed it 32-1, with Democratic Sen. Jon Erpenbach voting no.

The few Democrats who oppose the measure say the changes weaken the lemon law, hurting consumers and making it more difficult for them to be successful in lawsuits.

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Original headline: Wis. Senate passes lemon law changes

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