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Did you buy a car that wasn’t what it was cracked up to be? Did the seller make representations to you that weren’t true? Did that odometer read 25,000 miles when the real number was 125,000? Did that one-owner vehicle turn out to be from a rental car company?

Did the person who sold you the house you just moved into fail to disclose to you that there was a large leak into the basement? Was there mold in the walls that was concealed from you? Did the owner of the condo you just bought fail to give you the resale documents?

The situations above are just a few of the scenarios that are actionable as fraud and under the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act. Actual fraud is often difficult to prove but under the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act, you simply have to prove that there was a misrepresentation on which you relied in making your purchase. It’s not necessary to prove that the Seller intended to defraud you. Even better, though, is that if you win, the defendant may have to pay all of your legal fees and costs.

We've had experience handling such actions based on the sale of used cars, the sale of cars for which no title was ever delivered, the sale of new cars that repeatedly had to be taken in for repair (Lemon Law cases) and misrepresentation of the condition of real estate that was being sold, just to name a few. In car fraud cases, we can often collect from a dealer’s bond for actual damages, even if the dealer has gone out of business.

If you have suffered injury because of the misrepresentations of another or a seller’s failure to disclose something material about what you were purchasing, call right away to set up your free initial consultation. Certain time and legal limitations could prevent you from filing your lawsuit if you do not take action within a set time frame, which differs according to the type of act that caused your damage. At Sherry DeJanes, P.C., we know how to handle these matters and can get the job done for you to make the best recovery possible.