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03-31-2019, 02:11 PM
Car company must pay $385,000 for lemon

Judge orders payment in lawsuit over defective Dodge Viper


Posted: March 30, 2019

Waukesha - In what is believed to be the largest damages award concerning a defective car in the history of the state's lemon law, a judge has ordered DaimlerChrysler Corp. to pay two business partners and their attorneys more than $385,000.
Waukesha County Circuit Judge Mark Gempeler ordered the payment in closing out a lawsuit over an oft-troubled $80,000 Dodge Viper that has been parked for two years.

The award illustrates how high the stakes can be in Wisconsin for carmakers, because if they lose such lawsuits, they have to pay the owner double damages, attorney fees, court costs and interest.

"This may be the biggest award ever in America," said attorney Vince Megna, who represented the business partner who owed the Viper. "In researching this, I found nothing bigger over the past 20 years, and until it's paid, it's earning $126.90 in interest each day."

The lawsuit was filed in 2004 by James Mortle of Muskego and Joe Kiriaki of Franklin over a muscle car they bought because of its performance prowess. The two bought a black 2003 Viper on July 12, 2003, from a dealer in Illinois.

On Aug. 1, 2003, according to court records, 71 miles after the 500-mile break-in period, the differential broke for the first time. It was repaired, but just 13 days later, with the odometer reading 686 miles, the differential broke again, court records say.

Over the next six months, the differential broke four more times, each time while being shifted from first to second gear at around 50 mph.

When the Viper was running like it was designed to, Mortle reached 122 mph in a quarter mile on a drag strip, he said. But after the differential broke for the sixth time, the manufacturer refused to cover any more repairs, records show.

Mortle asked for a replacement Viper under the state's lemon law, according to the lawsuit, but the manufacturer refused, contending that he and Kiriaki abused the car.

Megna filed the lemon law suit against DaimlerChrysler Corp. in June 2004 in Waukesha County Circuit Court. A jury sided with Mortle and Kiriaki after a trial in January.

The award ordered by Gempeler last week included payments of $161,013 in damages to Mortle and Kiriaki, $26,632 in interest as of March 23, $175,610 in attorney fees and $22,721 in court costs. William Croke, the attorney for DaimlerChrysler Corp., could not be reached for comment Thursday.

03-31-2019, 02:14 PM
:yikes: :yikes:

03-31-2019, 02:18 PM
When the Viper was running like it was designed to, Mortle reached 122 mph in a quarter mile on a drag strip, he said.


03-31-2019, 02:20 PM
the viper would then take flight and soar into the sun like a unicorn on heroin

03-31-2019, 02:21 PM

srt-10 rated at 11.9@122

Alec Trevelyan
03-31-2019, 04:45 PM
DCX got pWn3d!!!

03-31-2019, 05:07 PM
DCX got pWn3d!!!

Bout fuckin time too!!!

+1 for the little guy!!!! :thumb:

04-03-2019, 04:25 PM

04-03-2019, 04:39 PM
Good man fuck im tired of the tps bullshit not to mention a few other probs. like 03 axels

04-04-2019, 11:07 AM
good show,thats what the tight a$$ german owners get!!!

dodge was the best at warranty work,

BEFORE damnler chrysler(however you spell it) dumb german, penny pinchers