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1.1.3 This Chapter Contains Important Substantive Information

This chapter provides introductory material concerning this treatise: a description of its digital edition; a brief summary of the contents of its other chapters, and appendices, and also the pleadings and other companion material available online; conventions and caveats for use of this treatise; and a listing of other NCLC treatises with related content.

Of even greater significance, this chapter covers a number of important substantive topics, provides an overview of warranty law, and an automobile litigation checklist. The substantive topics include:

  • ● An overview of statutes and torts applicable to consumer warranty cases: the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), lemon laws, used car warranty statutes, manufactured home warranty statutes, new home warranty statutes, California, New Jersey, and Oregon warranty statues of broad applicability, deceptive practices (UDAP) statutes, strict liability and negligence tort claims, and service contract statutes;1
  • ● Other resources available to analyze consumer warranty law;2
  • ● What goods, services, sales, leases, sellers, and buyers are within the scope of the UCC, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, and other statutes and torts relating to warranty issues;3
  • ● How warranty rights and remedies under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, the UCC, and other state laws are generally cumulative;4
  • ● The extent to which federal regulation of medical devices and medications, pesticides, cars, boats, airplanes, and other products preempt the UCC and other state warranty laws; 5
  • ● Why the UCC and other warranty statutes should be liberally construed in favor of the consumer;6
  • ● Warranty law in a nutshell—a brief description of major warranty law topics;7 and
  • ● An automobile litigation checklist linking to relevant topics found in this and other NCLC treatises.8