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Suit alleging Cahokia car dealership sold defective vehicle dismissed

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Dec 14, 2017

A customer’s suit alleging a Cahokia used car dealership sold him a defective vehicle has been dismissed.

On Dec. 6, the parties filed a stipulation for dismissal, dismissing the claims against defendants Ken’s American Motorist, doing business as Kennedi Auto Sales, and James Gall with prejudice.

Plaintiff Reginald Welch filed the complaint on March 29, alleging the dealership violated the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act.

In his complaint, Welch had alleged that he purchased a 2001 Ford Escape from Kennedi Auto Sales in Cahokia on Feb. 25. He purchased the vehicle with a $1,200 down payment and $253 for insurance. Immediately after the purchase, he claims he discovered that the vehicle was defective.

Welch alleges Kennedi Auto Sales fraudulently represented that the vehicle was in good running condition and fraudulently concealed that the catalytic converters required replacement.

He had sought $1,453 for compensatory damages and $50,000 for punitive damages, plus court costs.

He was 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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