The Law: Caveat Vend/for

Stuck with another lemon? You don't have to be. Instead of sheepishly accepting faulty goods or other raw deals, take your case to small claims court. The cost can be as little as $5, your case will reach trial within weeks, you do not need a lawyer and, best of all, you have a good chance to win.

That hopeful advice to frustrated consumers is offered by Douglas Matthews in a practical, informative new guide to using small claims courts. Sue the B*st*rds, The Victim's Handbook (Arbor House; $2.95) is Matthews' timely alternative to caveat emptor. Small claims court is "the...

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