On July 24, 2013, the Vachon Law Firm filed a lawsuit against Fletcher Jones Motor Cars, Inc. alleging that the Newport Beach, California Mercedes-Benz dealership broke California vehicle financing laws. The lawsuit is titled Nguyen v. Fletcher Jones Motor Cars, Inc., et al. (Orange County Superior Court Case No. 30-2013-00664212-CU-BT-CJC).
Allegations Against Fletcher Jones Motor Cars
The Complaint in the Nguyen v. Fletcher Jones Motor Cars lawsuit alleges that the Plaintiff (a Fountain Valley, California consumer) visited Fletcher Jones Motor Cars at its Newport Beach, California dealership lot in July, 2010, and while there expressed an interest in leasing a 2010 Mercedes-Benz E350C. The Complaint goes on to allege that the dealership soon discovered the Plaintiff was not able to make a down payment large enough to enable Fletcher Jones Motor Cars to find financing for Plaintiff’s lease of the Mercedes E350C. According to the Complaint, Fletcher Jones Motor Cars decided to falsify the amount of the down payment on Plaintiff’s lease contract in order to trick a lender into financing the deal and to ensnare the Plaintiff in a lease that she could not afford. The Complaint specifically alleges that, but for Fletcher Jones Motor Cars violations of California law, Plaintiff would not have leased the Mercedes E350C.
The Vachon Law Firm argues in the Complaint that, based on the dealership’s alleged falsification of the down payment amounts, Fletcher Jones Motor Cars violated California’s Vehicle Leasing Act and that such violation entitles Plaintiff to rescind the lease contract and get her money back.
The Complaint also alleges that the dealership illegally had the Plaintiff sign a separate document entitle “Acknowledgment of Anti-Export Policy,” which contains additional representations, warranties, and potential penalties not included in the lease contract itself. According to the Complaint, this violates the Vehicle Leasing Act’s “single document rule” and is an independent justification for Plaintiff’s rescission of the lease contract.
Click here to read a copy of the Nguyen v. Fletcher Jones Motor Cars Complaint.
It is important to remember that the Orange County Superior Court has not yet made any determination of whether the facts alleged in the Complaint are true, of if Fletcher Jones Motor Cars did anything illegal. The dealership is expected to deny all liability and wrongdoing when it answers in the lawsuit.
Want to Talk to a Lemon Law Attorney About Your Fletcher Jones Motor Cars Lease?
If you leased an automobile from Fletcher Jones Motor Cars, and would like to talk to an California lemon law and auto fraud attorney, the Vachon Law Firm offers free consultations.
Please email us or call us 1-855-4-LEMON-LAW (1-855-453-6665) if you have information relevant to this lawsuit or if you would like to discuss your own legal rights.
Consultations are always free at the Vachon Law Firm.