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Harris County man sues auto broker alleging defective vehicle was unfairly repossessed

By Carrie Bradon | Oct 9, 2019


HOUSTON —A Harris County man is suing an auto broker alleging that he was sold a defective vehicle that was unfairly repossessed at a later time.

Joseph Junior Clark filed a complaint on Aug. 30 in the Harris County District Court against Discount Auto Brokers LLC alleging violation of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and fraud.

The plaintiff was at the defendant's business in the hopes of purchasing a working vehicle. The plaitiff was shown a 2005 Volve CX90 and was told that it would be a good option. The plaintiff purchased the vehicle and began to notice issues with the vehicle within days. The plaintiff had to pay for the repairs himself and attempted to have the defendant remedy the damages, but the defendant failed to do anything proactively about the vehicle's issues. The defendant retaliated against the plaintiff's assertion of legally protected rights on Feb. 15, 2019 and repossessed the vehicle, claiming that the plaintiff had failed to maintain insurance coverage on the vehicle. This was a fraudulent attempt by the defendant to build in a default as the insurance was provided by the defendant. The defendant also failed to inform the plaintiff that they were in default in a timely manner. The defendant has also refused to release the vehicle to the plaintiff, demanding that he pay a fee for the towing of the vehicle which was illegal in the first place. The plaintiff has not been returned his car, despite the defendant being in the wrong. The plaintiff alleges that the defendant was in the wrong and acted fraudulently through failing to inform the plaintiff of defects in the vehicle in the first place.

The plaintiff is seeking attorneys' fees, trial by jury, interest, court costs and just relief. The plaintiff is represented by Jakki A. Hansen of The Hansen Law Firm PC in Houston.

Harris County District Court Case number 2019-62160

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