More Facts Disclosed about California Cancer Patient's Lemon Law Suit Against Tiffin Motorhomes

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Lemon Law lawsuit filed by San Diego attorney Doug Sohn against Tiffin Motorhomes seeks $600,000 in damages for failure to repair $200,000 motorhome and refusal to repurchase or replace it.

San Diego, California Lemon Law attorney Doug Sohn today disclosed more facts in the case where he is representing a Southern California cancer patient and his wife in a Lemon Law lawsuit against Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc., an Alabama corporation. The Federal Court suit, Case No. 08 CV 0879 W WMc, filed in the Southern District of California, alleges that, among other things, the $200,000 motor home had defective brakes that failed, and had defective "slide-outs" and leveler jacks.

"My client and his wife, both retired, bought this motor home, planning to travel across the U.S., and get a break from the horrors of cancer, and chemotherapy," explains Attorney Sohn.

Instead, according to court documents, this coach ended up in the Tiffin dealer's repair shop for 35 days in one visit, another 5 days at Tiffin's own repair facility trying to get it fixed, then the brakes failed, causing an accident and the front of the coach was demolished.

According to court documents, the lawsuit was originally filed in November of 2007 in San Diego Superior Court, but co-defendant Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation forced it into Federal Court, which has delayed the case. The action is based on California's Song-Beverly Act, or "Lemon Law" and alleges that the defendants failed to repair the motor home after a reasonable opportunity to do so. It also alleges that Tiffin Motor Homes and Freightliner both willfully failed to repurchase or replace the motor home when asked to do so.

"We tried to get them to buy this motor home back or give my clients a new one, and they refused," explained Sohn. "In fact, my client talked to Bob Tiffin, president of Tiffin Motorhomes, himself and asked him just to trade this dangerous motor home for a safe one, and he refused."

According to court documents, Mr. Tiffin has testified that he told the customer that he should have Freightliner repair the brake system defects. However, he also admitted that his company was required by California law to buy a motorhome back or replace it if they aren't able to repair it within 30 days. "I note that Tiffin has never denied that this motorhome been out for repairs far more than those 30 days," says Sohn.

According to court documents, Tiffin is insisting that the owners settle the case for $40,001. "I am appalled by Tiffin's behavior. This is a $200,000 RV that has been rendered unsafe and useless, and, even after what Bob Tiffin has admitted, he is only offering one-fifth of the purchase price. It looks like both Tiffin Motorhomes and Freightliner are so much more concerned with the bottom line than their customers' rights, that they have forgotten that my clients are people".

About Doug Sohn

Doug Sohn is a San Diego, California attorney emphasizing California Lemon Law cases. He assists Californians who have bought a car, truck or RV that proves to be a lemon, and has forced manufacturers to buy back hundreds of vehicles. His slogan is "When Bad Cars Happen to Good People." For more information, visit


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