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Used car dealers accused of misrepresenting vehicle's condition

By Michael Abella | Mar 7, 2017

BELLEVILLE — A customer is suing used automobile dealers for allegedly misrepresenting that a vehicle was in good running condition.

Bree M. Wynn filed a complaint on Feb. 8, in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Ken's American Motors Inc., doing business as Kennedi Auto Sales, and James Gall, alleging they violated the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Dec. 28, 2015, she purchased a used automobile from the defendants' auto sales lot for $2,200, plus $200 for the repair of the speakers. However, she claims the defendants fraudulently represented that the vehicle was in good running condition and refused to return the vehicle unless she paid $1,000 to repair the transmission.

As a result of defendants alleged violation of the Consumer Fraud Act, Wynn claims she has suffered actual damages in excess of $2,400 and loss possession of the motor vehicle.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensatory damages in excess of $2,400, plus interest, $50,000 for punitive damages, $20,000 for attorney's fees, plus costs of court.

She is represented by David M. Duree of David M. Duree & Associates PC in O'Fallon.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 17-L-64

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