Consumer Lawsuits

The Act makes it easier for purchasers to sue for breach of warranty by making breach of warranty a violation of federal law, and by allowing consumers to recover court costs and reasonable attorneys` fees. This means that if you lose a lawsuit for breach of either a written or an implied warranty, you may have to pay the customer`s costs for bringing the suit, including lawyer`s fees. Because of the stringent federal jurisdictional requirements under the Act, most Magnuson­Moss lawsuits are brought in state court. However, major cases involving many consumers can be brought in federal court as class action suits under the Act. Although the consumer lawsuit provisions may have little effect on your warranty or your business, they are important to remember if you are involved in warranty disputes.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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