Ever wonder what inspires someone to become an attorney? For me, an occasion where I was ripped off by a transmission shop had a lot to do with it. I sued them and won. And then went to law school.
I told the story here a few years ago but figured that some people who missed it or don’t like reading all those word-things might want to hear the story straight from the source.
The thumbnail though, is this: The shifter linkage in my Chevy Monza fell apart and I foolishly called a trans shop that offered free towing and free estimates. They tore my trans apart, damaged it, lied to me about it, and then spent WEEKS trying to fix problems of their own making.
After I got the car back I sued them and won. And filed a complaint with the state’s attorney general which was one of the inspirations for “Operation Shifty.” Let’s just say they were a LOT happier before they met me. But I can’t take all the credit for that - some of it obviously goes to the undercover agents who went in and nailed them.
Here’s the audio:
And the video:
And the pic at the top is me on the hood of my M35. I found the pic recently and it may be the only one I have of me with it.
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Steve Lehto has been practicing law for 25 years, almost exclusively in consumer protection and Michigan lemon law. He wrote The Lemon Law Bible and Preston Tucker and His Battle to Build the Car of Tomorrow.
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