Marco Marquez purchased the Mercedes-Benz E 320 for $56,000 from a Milwaukee dealership in 2005 but it had problems from the beginning. Often the car wouldn't start: the battery was replaced a number of times and after several repair attempts, the dealership said the problem could not be fixed.
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Marquez said that Mercedes had the information but it was stalling; in 2007 a judge agreed with Marquez and awarded him over $200,000 in damages and legal fees. But an appeals court overturned the decision one year later, saying a jury should decide whether Marquez intentionally prevented the company from giving the refund on time.
Last year the jury agreed that Marquez did indeed act in bad faith, but Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren overturned the verdict and ruled in Marquez's favor, citing a clear "lack of urgency" by Mercedes-Benz to refund his money.
A Mercedes-Benz spokeswoman says the company is disappointed in the ruling.