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This Week’s Pro Bono Success Story

August 3, 2010

An Army specialist in Florida bought a car on the internet and sent partial payment to the vendor as agreed. The vehicle was delivered by the dealer at midnight to the soldier’s home in Georgia. When the soldier inspected the car the next morning, he found that the window was cracked and the car has significant mechanical issues, which were not disclosed by the seller previously. Estimates to repair the vehicle were more than $2,000. This was the only vehicle the soldier had for himself and his family, which included his wife and four children under the age of six. He could not afford both the repairs and paying the remaining balance on the vehicle, which was necessary to obtain title to license the vehicle. The seller refused to work with the servicemember’s JAG or the Better Business Bureau to make it right. The Military Pro Bono Project located a volunteer attorney in Florida who was able to force the dealer to reduce the sale price to compensate for the cost of the repairs.

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