Gutierrez v. Power Dodge Valencia (Case no. BC330967)

Los Angeles County Superior Court

Hon. Kenneth Freeman

CONSUMER LAW:

Fraud

Negligence

Violation of the Consumer Legal Remedies Act (“CLRA”)

ATTORNEYS:

Plaintiffs, Jose Gutierrez and Gabriel Casimiro

Steven A. Simons. Esq. (Law Offices of Steven A. Simons)

Defendant, Power Dodge Valencia

Elizabeth L. Kolar, Esq. (Kolar & Associates)

FACTS & CONTENTIONS:

Plaintiff Jose Gutierrez traded in his 2003 Dodge Ram for a 2004 Dodge Ram SLT. Plaintiff contended that Power Dodge Valencia deceptively promised that the trade in value of his vehicle was lower than promised resulting in his having to pay the difference of more than $7,000 after he purchased the vehicle. He further alleged that the salesperson misled him to purchase add-ons such as a Gap Contract and vehicle alarm system. Lastly, Plaintiff alleged that he was not given a Spanish translation contract.  Power Dodge Valencia denied all Plaintiffs’ allegations.

OUTCOME:

Judgment for Power Dodge Valencia and award of fees and costs against Plaintiff for over $70,000.