Sauder Schelkopf is investigating a potential class action lawsuit on behalf of vehicle lessees choosing to exercise their purchase options at the end of their lease. Auto dealers, including Ford, GMC, Hyundai, Kia, Nissan, Subaru, and Toyota, offer vehicle leases to individuals for a specified price. It has been alleged that individuals who attempt to purchase their leased vehicle are charged excessive buy-out fees above and beyond the specified price on their lease agreement. These fees have been touted as “admin fees”, “buyout fees”, “dealer fees”, “lease fees”, “lemon law fees”, “registration fees”, “service charges”, and “transaction fees” and can cost individuals thousands of dollars. Individuals further allege that these fees were hidden and undisclosed to them prior to leasing their vehicles.
Sauder Schelkopf has a nationally recognized litigation practice. The firm currently serves as court-appointed lead counsel in courts across the country. The attorneys at Sauder Schelkopf have recovered over $500 million on behalf of their clients and class members. Our firm was recognized by the Legal Intelligencer’s 2022 Professional Excellence Awards. The Legal Intelligencer’s Professional Excellence Awards honor Pennsylvania law firms and attorneys who have significantly impacted the legal profession. Our firm was named in the Litigation Departments of the Year (Specialty Area category; runner-up), an award that honors the best litigation practice in a small or mid-sized firm in Pennsylvania. This recognition was based on the firm’s 2021 litigation work and its important ongoing cases. LawDragon has recognized our attorneys in its list of the “500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers” for 2022. This list notes: “From the opioid epidemic to toxic substances and defective products, truck accidents to wildfires and sexual abuse, these are the lawyers who stand on the front line in individual lawsuits and class actions seeking justice.” Mr. Schelkopf was named to Pennsylvania’s Best Lawyers® 2022 for Class Actions/Mass Tort Litigation. The American Lawyer named Mr. Sauder to its 2021 Northeast Trailblazers. The honor recognizes 60 lawyers who are “truly agents of change.” It “recognizes professionals in the Northeast who have moved the needle in the legal industry.” The Legal Intelligencer named Mr. Sauder and Mr. Schelkopf in its 2020 Pennsylvania Trailblazers list recognizing 31 lawyers who “have taken extra measures to contribute to positive outcomes . . . and who are truly agents of change.” The Legal highlighted the firm’s innovative work on advocacy as class counsel in large institutional sex abuse cover-ups, women’s, and children’s rights. Our attorneys have also consistently been recognized by their peers being named to Pennsylvania SuperLawyer, a distinction held by the top 5% of attorneys in Pennsylvania. The National Trial Lawyers Association has also selected our attorneys as the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Pennsylvania.
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If you leased a vehicle and were forced to pay undisclosed buy-out fees, please contact the attorneys at Sauder Schelkopf by completing the form on this page.