Published on July 17th, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro

Tesla Settles With The “King of Lemon Law”

July 17th, 2014 by  

You can please some people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time. That’s the lesson Tesla has learned after taking on an unhappy Model S owner and Milwaukee lawyer Vince Menga, the self-proclaimed “King of Lemon Laws”.

Tesla has settled a lawsuit with the King of Lemon Law, refunding the cost of the supposedly defective Model S and paying Vince Menga’s court fees, for a total refund of some $126,000.

Of course there’s more to this story, and Tesla indicated that some sketchy behavior had been tracked by service technicians, hinting that perhaps this lawsuit wasn’t on the up-and-up. On the flip side, the new owner of a Signature Model S Performance claims his car was in for service for 66 days out of the first few months he owned it, calling the car defective and demanding his money back.

In the end Tesla refunded his money, and Vince Menga got to claim another victory (of sorts), leading him to make the weird video below that counts as his victory lap.

Like I said, you can’t please everybody all of the time, but customers overwhelmingly love the Tesla Model S, which has cleaned up in just about every awards category. So who do you trust, a weirdo lawyer, or all the people who have heaped praise and awards upon the Tesla Model S?

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  • Wayne Williamson

    Has anyone here tried to see if this thing really was in the “shop” for 66 days like the video says….

  • Alan Dean Foster

    Tesla pays out $127,000, but gets back a $95,000 car, and scratches an itch.

    • Bob_Wallace

      Tesla was offering to take back the car and refund all the guy’s money some time back. Looks like Mr. Lemon realize that he was probably going to lose and sold them back the car and got a small “Don’t let the door hit you in the butt” payoff by having his court costs covered.

      Just a small time nuisance suit.

      He wasted a lot of time.

      • Alan Dean Foster

        I’d love to be a fly on the wall the next time Montgomery tries to buy a new car in his home state.

  • S.Nkm

    This is just disgusting. This guys has no ethics.

  • bussdriver78

    Question is has this lawyer done something like this before? Did he fight in court himself? If so, his legal fees which he won would be his own salary – more than most people make in a whole year. Even without a pattern it would make one suspect if they pull stunts like this… I’ve heard we currently have too many lawyers in the market and many are looking for work. that true?

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