Mercedes-Benz has made a payment of $618,000 by order of the Wisconsin Supreme Court for a lemon law case from 2005. In the case, a Wisconsin businessman, Marco Marquez purchased an E-Class, which turned out to be defective. By defective, Marquez's lawyer, lemon law-specialist Vince Megna says the owner needed the E320 to be repaired repeatedly, eventually seeking a refund.

The court awarded Marquez $482,000 in 2005, but Mercedes-Benz argued over having to pay, claiming that Marquez and his attorney delayed the motion to trigger something called "double damages."

According to reports, in Wisconsin, an automaker has 30 days to respond to a lemon law claim and provide a refund if it is deemed necessary. If it fails to meet that 30-day deadline, the car owner may be entitled to damages worth twice the value of the vehicle. Mercedes argued that Megna stalled in order to trigger that double penalty.

In a 6-1 decision, the Supreme Court upheld the verdict, requiring Mercedes-Benz to pay the full amount. Adjusted for inflation, that number comes to $618,000. And there's still the matter of more than $200,000 in legal fees accrued since 2005. Megna had named Concours Motors in Glendale, WI as well as five other Mercedes-Benz dealers as garnishees in his motion, but Mercedes-Benz stepped in to foot the bill in the end.



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      Phillip
      • 2 Years Ago
      How did a $50,000.00 car get to $618,000.00? I used to transport these things and picked up quite a few at the dealer and took to auction that had been lemon law returned. Toyota on the other hand would bring them back and use them to train their techs.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Phillip
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      saabninefive
      • 2 Years Ago
      Woooowwwww I can't believe these comments, you people need to get real! Just because this case made I through as lemon law, doesn't even mean the car was bad. All some idiot who can't afford his new car has to do is come in and complain about the same thing three times. This argument about German vs. Japanese cars is the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen, all of you sound like 16 year olds.
        Aventador1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @saabninefive
        yes, admittedly I am a 16 year old trapped in a 53 year old body who is passionate about cars, in all it's glory & problems who owns several companies and has a car collection garaged around the globe...and yes, I always sound and come off as a 16 year old when cars are the topic...thank you for pointing that out, our mental age, that is... ;-))))
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Aventador1
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        @saabninefive
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      Aventador1
      • 2 Years Ago
      as the Mercedes advertisement says..."the BESTt or NOTHING" over the last few years MB has been slacking in their quality dept and thus affecting its image now the ad statement has evolved into a different meaning...they are NOT "THE BEST!"...and you want "NOTHING" to do with them I bought a brand new 2011 GL350 (almost $80k), turned out to be a lemon, got our money back after 6 months I bought a GMC yukon Denali XL a few years back, had a defect after a few hundred miles, the dealer swapped it out no questions asked....actually, there was 1 question asked by the dealer...if I still wanted it in the same color... after we got our money back from MB this past June-2012, we are looking at a Caddy Escalade ESV...i say "f-*!" MB all together...the SLS i wanted to buy is now scrapped in the garbage and im going for the McLaren MP4 12C
        BG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Aventador1
        Wow, you sure buy a lot of big, heavy, gas-guzzling, bling machines. Why not try something modest like a Chrysler van?
          Aventador1
          • 2 Years Ago
          @BG
          BG, my daily driver is a honda insight & mostly trains (public transportation) the big SUVs were meant for road trips w/c we take about 3-4 times a year as far as the exotics go, I came from a very poor country when I was a child, and dream't of owning at least a modest car someday (or anything with 4 wheels). I am just appreciating that I finally can do it now (as a weekend driver or track car(s)) So in reality, though I own gas guzzling machines, I really dont consume/or waste fuel that much
      Palandi
      • 2 Years Ago
      the first years of this century were dark times for MB. nearly all their cars (W203, W210, W211, W220 among others) had critical issues. electric gremlins, suspension issues, a failed throttle system, a gearbox that was supposed to never require oil changes, even painting flaws. engines remained bulletproof and interiors were still light years ahead at that time but that was all. luckily most of the problems were fixed with the mid-cycle refresh for the W203 and W211 and the arrival of the W221. but it is also sad because MB did some of their best designs at that time (including my very own W208 CLK-Class).
      Bret Frohwein
      • 2 Years Ago
      You'd think a Luxo-car company wouldn't be stupid enough to think it's customers might not have a lot of cash to fight the "big guy" all the way to the state supreme court.. German-Arrogance!
        David J. Bernstein
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bret Frohwein
        This has nothing to do with German arrogance. This was a problem confined to MBUSA.
      sulandus
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you ever worked in a MB, BMW or AUDI workshop - you would never buy cars of these brands.
        Indubitably
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sulandus
        That's why you always see other brand vehicles in the lots behind the dealers -- employee cars.
          adam1keith1980
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Indubitably
          Haha, that is what I notice too. German cars are fun to look at, but not fun to own.
        methos1999
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sulandus
        I'm with AJ. I'm really interested to hear these stories as well. Too often hear from biased owners, not enough from Technicians/Mechanics.
        AJ
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sulandus
        y so? I am genuinely interested in hearing the horror stories
        superchan7
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sulandus
        I believe VW horror stories. Audi and BMW I'm sure have plenty of their own, but I have no first-hand experience besides family members who report high cost of maintenance. My impression of MB is OK, I had a CLK that required 16 spark plugs and some pricey suspension work at 110k mi (and a CD changer that kept breaking). Nothing came close to my VW B5 Passat where this broke and that broke and just about everything else broke, down to the glove box latch. Of course, I had to sell it non-running.
      Hojhee
      • 2 Years Ago
      The only thing that this story proofs is... THE RICH GET RICHER, no matter what the economy is doing.
      Indubitably
      • 2 Years Ago
      Somehow Germans manage to build the most technologically advanced and fun to drive cars on the road. YET, for some reason they don't have the SLIGHTEST clue how to build something reliable.
        David J. Bernstein
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Indubitably
        All the German cars my family has owned have been very reliable.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @David J. Bernstein
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        PDKid
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Indubitably
        BS. I was talking to an owner of a "relatively newer" generation Ford Thunderbird recently. He owned one of the newest (I think 11th?) gen T-birds and was bragging about how something like only 30% were still on the road and it was therefore a very rare car.....That means 70% are defunct after only 10 years. Porsche on the other hand.....Making cars for well over 50 years (factor #1) and yet approximately 70% are still on the roads today (factor #2).... Next little note: do you really think that Mercedes and BMW are only keeping 30% of their cars on the road after 10 years?? NO. Their cars are far more reliable than you're giving them credit for. You'll see an ancient, original-parts Benz before you see an ancient, original-parts whatever else any day. Sad thing is, most old American cars these days have been chopped beyond recognition and couldn't even be included in this discussion.
          Street King
          • 2 Years Ago
          @PDKid
          keep drinking the koolaid, that you made kiddo. There are 450 old Dodge minivans with 250,000+ miles on them to 1 old Benz. Someohow the van gets called junk (never maintained, can count the oil changes they've had on one hand in 10 years and 6 owners) and the 2 owner Benz thats been dealer maintainied gets called "reliable"...uhhh OK. I wont even mention Honda / Toyota.
          kcroc10077
          • 2 Years Ago
          @PDKid
          You should put a huge asterik next to that Porsche stat. Those cars are babied and for the most part are not daily drivers. I'd expect a car that's on;y driven 4,000 miles a year (if that) to last longer than others. I
          • 2 Years Ago
          @PDKid
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      Elf
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not saying that this applies here, but a friend of mine was the sole USA importer of a premium, high-end rifle scope made in Germany. After having numerous complaints from customers regarding QC, he was invited to the manufacturer's facility for a consultation. Armed with serial numbers/dates of manufacturer of the scopes in question, he solved the problem: the scopes were all assembled in the afternoon..............and the production staff's usual routine was a lengthy lunch break with numerous beers/glasses of wine.........................
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        @Elf
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      Andrew
      • 2 Years Ago
      Best investment return I've heard on a Benz yet...
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        Franklin
        • 2 Years Ago
        I think you need to re-read the article. The award DOES NOT include his lawyer's fees and costs.
        A P
        • 2 Years Ago
        They suck......until you need one. What a moron you are if you think the biggest problem in the US is lawyers.
        S.C.
        • 2 Years Ago
        The buyer got double the amount of their vehicle. The reason Mercedes-Benz had to pay the attorney's fees of the buyer is to encourage enforcement of the law, no matter the financial resources of the buyer. If consumers had to pay their attorneys in these lawsuits, their would be no enforcement of the law and buyers would be at the mercy of car dealership/companies.
      • 2 Years Ago
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