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Egbert, Peter v. Alfa Romeo / FCA

Case Type:   Lemon Law New Car Purchase
Date:   May 23, 2022
Plaintiff Attorney(s):   Anthony T. Ballato, Esq., Massapequa, NY
Defendant Attorney(s):   Rose Waldorf, PLLC, Lyle Weintraub
Facts:   On May 3, 2021, Consumer Mr. Egbert, leased a new 2021 Alpha Romeo Stelvio from Westbury Alpha Romeo. By mid May, the vehicle was experiencing engine issues and the car was brought in to the dealer for service to correct the following issues: faulty AutoStop feature causing safety features to light up or stop working along with many other issues affecting the cruise control, automatic breaking and other nuisances. The vehicle was not returned to the claimant until July 24, 2021. At that time all issues were not resolved. The vehicle was then again brought in to the dealer for service on July 31, 2021 to fix the remaining issues of vehicle, and claimant did not receive vehicle back until November 16, 2021. At that time, it was determined that the issue with the vehicle was the starter, starter engine module and the battery sensor. By December, the same problems arose. On February 6, 2022, the claimant tried to return the vehicle to the dealer as a “lemon”, the dealer refused.
Verdict:   The consumer hired Anthony T. Ballato, Esq. of Massapequa, NY to represent him. Mr. Ballato sent a demand letter to the Manufacturer demanding that they repurchase the vehicle and fully refund the consumer. After numerous conversations and correspondence with the manufacturer’s attorney, Rose Waldorf, PLLC, Mr. Ballato was able to come to an agreement of settlement. The claimant was awarded a full value refund of all lease agreements of approximately $13,707, plus $2,500 in attorney’s fees.

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