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Assembly ready to vote on 'lemon-law' changes

MADISON (WSAU-Wheeler News)  The state Assembly is scheduled to vote today on a compromise to take some of the tart out of Wisconsin’s Lemon Law. Republican supporters want to eliminate the mandatory double-damages for making and selling defective new vehicles. The bill would also reduce the time limit for filing defective vehicle lawsuits from six years after a purchase to three years.

Other provisions were dropped as the result of compromises between chief Assembly sponsor Bill Kramer of Waukesha and trial lawyers who spoke out against the original measure. Kramer and the bill’s Senate sponsor, Marathon Republican Jerry Petrowski, say they’re going after attorneys who win huge damage awards – and they believe automakers need a break from those payments.

The lawmakers specifically cite Milwaukee Lemon Law attorney Vince Megna. He won a $618,000 judgment last year against Mercedes-Benz in a long-running dispute.