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In Sharlene Shu v. Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc., No. 3:22-cv-04661-LB, 2023 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 68626, at *20-22 (N.D. Cal. Apr. 19, 2023), Judge Beeler dismissed a CLRA class action due to failure to give proper pre-suit notice. First, Ms. Shu did not provide the written notice required by the CLRA. If a plaintiff sues for damages under the CLRA, she… Read More

It’s a bit convoluted, but in Mikki v. Lifemark Grp., No. D076885, 2021 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 309 (Jan. 20, 2021), the Court of Appeal, in an unpublished opinion, denied any attorneys’ fees to a CLRA Plaintiff.  The facts were as follows: Mikki's operative complaint sought solely injunctive relief under the CLRA. After accepting Lifemark's Code of Civil Procedure section… Read More

In Duran v. Quantum Auto Sales, Inc., 2017 WL 6333871, at *8 (Cal.App. 4 Dist., 2017), the Court of Appeal held in an unpublished decision that a car dealer's Benson-tender did not insulate the dealer from liability. In this case, Quantum's pre-litigation offer went far beyond a willingness to take corrective action as contemplated by the drafters of the CLRA. We… Read More

We previously reported and analyzed the so-called "Benson-tender", which is how California Courts treat a CLRA defendant's response to a pre-suit demand for correction under the CLRA vis-a-vis the consumer's later demand for demand for attorneys' fees.  Our Daily Journal Article entitled "Different Approaches to CLRA Damages", authored by Severson attorneys Austin Kenney and Colin Murphy, can be found here:  Benson… Read More

In Benson v. Southern California Auto Sales, Inc., 2015 WL 5047611 (Cal.App. 4 Dist., 2015), the California Court of Appeal found that a car dealer who lost at trial nevertheless was not responsible for $171k in attorneys' fees incurred by Plaintiff because the dealer had offered full relief in response to the 30-day CLRA letter at the inception of the… Read More

In CarMax Auto Superstores California, LLC v. Superior Court, 2014 WL 4533445 (Cal.App. 4 Dist. 2014), the Court of Appeal in an unpublished decision took the extraordinary step of issuing a Peremptory Writ of Mandate directing the trial court to enter summary judgment to a Car Dealer on a consumer’s CLRA claim on the basis that the Car Dealer had… Read More