Dividends: Lemon Aid

The horror stories are legion. A spiffy new car has to be brought back to the repair shop time after time to have the same problem fixed. In the past, consumers stuck with such lemons could do little but wage an expensive legal fight with the manufacturer. In Connecticut, however, all that will change on Oct. 1, when the state's new "lemon law" takes effect.

The statute, the first of its kind in the U.S., defines a lemon as any new car that, during the first year of ownership or within the warranty period, whichever ends first, has been sent to the...

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