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De Leon v. Public Motors Orange County, LLC, et al.

(Note: This lawsuit was resolved pursuant to a mutually acceptable settlement agreement, and it is no longer pending.)

On October 11, 2012, the Vachon Law Firm filed a lawsuit in the Orange County Superior Court (Case No. 30-2012-00604674) against the Santa Ana, California used car dealership Public Motors. The lawsuit alleges that Public Motors violated several California consumer-protection statutes.

Click here to read a copy of the complaint in the De Leon v. Pubic Motors lawsuit.

Complaint Against Public Motors

The Plaintiffs in the De Leon v. Public Motors lawsuit are an Orange County, California mother and son who purchased a used 2004 Volkswagen Jetta from Public Motors in June, 2012. Their complaint alleges that Public Motors falsified the down payment amounts in their vehicle purchase contract in order to get them financed for an automobile that they could not afford, and for which they would not have qualified but for dealership’s manipulation of the down payment amounts. The complaint alleges that Public Motors thereby violated California’s Automobile Sales Finance Act, and that Plaintiffs have a right to rescind their purchase contract and obtain a refund as a result.

The complaint also alleges that the dealership forced one of the Plaintiffs to sign a document threatening to charge her $150 if one of her checks bounced. Finally, the complaint goes on to assert that this is an unconscionable and excessive penalty, and that California law limits car dealers to charging no more than $15 for returned checks.