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About Us

Hiring an attorney can be a stressful and confusing situation. You want an expert, honest, personal approach to your case. The Law Office of Howard Gutman has been fighting for consumer rights and representing commercial interests for over 20 years. We have a deep knowledge of fraud, consumer, warranty, and lemon law, and will handle your case with honesty and experience.

Howard A. Gutman has successfully handled over 500 lemon law and automobile breach of warranty cases. Mr. Gutman is the author of a leading article on the lemon law in the New Jersey Law Journal and recently gave a seminar for other attorneys on the lemon law for the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education. He also wrote the Year 2000 Legal Handbook, a book dealing with computer warranties, and is considered a leading authority on all types of warranties. He has appeared on Good Day New Jersey been interviewed by NBC Nightly News and Newsday, and his cases have been profiled in the Star Ledger, Bureau of National Affairs Magazine, and New York Times

Education and Early Employment

Mr. Gutman graduated from Drew University Cum Laude, with Distinguished Honors in Political Science. At age 20, while still an undergraduate, he became one of the youngest persons ever to publish a law review article. He went on to the University of Michigan Law School, where he served as a Senior Editor on the Journal of Law Reform.

Mr. Gutman first worked at the Wall Street law firm of Haight Gardner Poor & Havens, a premier international law firm. He then went on to Hellring Lindeman Goldstein & Siegel where he worked under the former United States Attorney for New Jersey. Thereafter, he became part of the commercial litigation team at Hannoch Weisman, then the second largest firm in New Jersey. With the opportunity to handle a case featured in national media, he started his own firm and has been a trial attorney for over 20 years. Legal Assistant Amy Schneider is a graduate of Princeton University and MIT.

Published Lemon Law Verdicts and Awards

Black v. Volvo North America Corp. 92 N.J.A.R.2d (1992)

Boyle v. American Isuzu Motors, 95 N.J.A.R.2d 128 (1995)

Gantt v. Volkswagen, 95 N.J.A.R.2d 32
This case sets down the important principle that the manufacturer is responsible for any items installed. The dealer installed an alarm which Volkswagen said was unauthorized. Accepting our position, the Court said if the vehicle malfunctioned, it would be a lemon.

Giglio v. Daimler Chrysler Motors Co, OAL DKT. NO. CMA9965-02
Courts have decided water leak claims in different ways – sometimes saying conditions did not constitute a substantial impairment. Here we were able to demonstrate through an expert and the client’s testimony that there was a substantial problem, and secured a refund.

Merisier v. C&J Auto, Inc. OAL-DKT NO . CMA-5617-00
The Division Director, on Administrative Appeal, reversed a lower court finding and ordered repurchase.

Taylor v. Volvo OAL DKT. NO: CMA5732-00
The court ordered a refund based upon a vehicle odor, rejecting contentions the condition did not constitute a substantial impairment.

Umbach v. Volkswagen of American 93 N.J.A.R.2d 11 (1992)
Repurchase ordered, rejecting contention that uneven shifting at highway speeds was a normal characteristic of the vehicle

Other Verdicts and Settlements

Negligence Settlement ($500,000). A client came to a large law firm who advised him that he did not have a claim in a matter involving medical negligence. We reexamined the case, identified and error and after filing a claim, secured a ½ million dollar settlement.

Consumer Fraud Award ($121,000). Mr. Gutman secured one of the largest jury verdicts in a consumer fraud action after a seven day trial. The matter was resolved with a confidentiality provision

Consumer Fraud Settlement ($150,000). A tenant was deceived about the projected use of a building. After being billed a five figure amount by his initial counsel, our office agreed to handle the matter on a contingency basis securing a substantial settlement providing an award to the client and coverage of fees for our office and his prior counsel.

Silica Claim (six figure settlement involving multiple defendants). Our office filed one of the first cases involving exposure to silica dust.

Media Coverage

Some of our cases have been covered by media outlets including the New York Times, NBC, Star Ledge, Law 360, and the Associated Press.

Jeep Cherokee Litigation (Cal. And NJ) (Our office was lead counsel in a matter covered by Law360

In Re Vioxx Litigation, (D. N.J. 2017) (our office represented a law firm securing a successful resolution of claims).

Lieberman v. USCF, Suit Seeks to Bar U.S. From Chess Olympiad,
New York Times and AP (Sept. 26, 1986)

Pipolo v. Tayburn (filing of one of the first cases alleging repressed memory in case of abuse).

Presentations

New Lemon Law Creates Expansive Remedies,
Winning the Lemon Law Case, Inst. Of Cont Legal Education (Oct. 2016)
Computer Software Warranties and Risks, Presentation to the National Press Club (1998).

Personal Handling and Staff

Each case is personally handled by Mr. Gutman with aid from legal assistant Amy Schneider. She is a graduate of Princeton University who received her M.B.A from MIT Sloan School of Business.

Free Consultation

The office provides a free telephone consultation.

Federal safety regulators have opened a formal investigation into gas leaks and odors in 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris vans. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has received nine complaints about gas leaks and odors, with eight of those complaints indicating the problem occurs in cold temperatures.  Van owners say the problems are most prominent when warming up the engines after cold starts or after the vans are shut off and parked. Source www.carcomplaints.com/news/2018/investigation-2016-mercedes-benz-metris-gas-leaks.shtml

Owner of Mercedes Benz Metris Vans with gas leak or odors may be entitled to new vehicles or compensation.

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GM Recalls 2014 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500s

General Motors has recalled almost 700,000 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500s and 2014 GMC Sierra 1500s  for a potentially dangerous steering defect.

These trucks’ power steering assist (“EPS”) can cut out, especially during low speed turns, and then return suddenly.  This may result in a loss of control of the vehicle.  Additional symptoms of the problem may include other electrical systems cutting out and warning light indicators going off.

The loss and sudden return of EPS assist typically happens within a one second period and is caused by an electrical/software issue.

The recall follows National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report #17V414 on General Motor’s Electronic Power Steering assist on this make and model vehicle.  NHTSA said the fault occurs when the system voltage drops below 8.8 volts for more than one second, or during low-speed turn. EPS assist is disabled until voltage returns to 9 volts for a minimum of 40 milliseconds, at which point EPS assist returns.  According to GM the underlying problem is a defect in the EPS module software.

GM’s fix is to reprogram the EPS module.  Consumers can also call Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 or GMC customer service at 1-800-432-8782 for assistance. GM’s number for this recall is 17276.

 

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Have you done all that and are getting nowhere with GM?  If you are having steering problems with your 2014 Chevy Silverado or GMC Sierra, you may be entitled compensation.  Call the Law Office of Howard Gutman for a free consultation on your claim.

2018 Toyota Camrys Recalled – May Need New Engine

 

product recall

Some 2018 Toyota Camrys may need a new engine.  According to Cars.com, Toyota is issuing a recall on a small number (so far) of their popular 2018 Toyota Camry vehicles.  Some of the pistons used in the engine are too large, possibly resulting in the vehicle running rough, making loud noises, emitting smoke, warning lights illuminating, and other symptoms.  The fix is a replacement of the entire engine.

 

CarComplaints, which tracks reported problems and recalls by vehicle type, says of the 2018 Toyota Camry recall,

 

“The problem can be so bad the 2.5L, 4 cylinder A25A-FKS engines can stop running while the cars are moving.

The automaker will start mailing recall notices in May 2018. Toyota dealers will inspect the production date codes of the pistons and replace the engines if needed.”

If you are having problems with your Camry, contact the Law Office of Howard Gutman at 973-598-1980 for a free consultation on your issue.