October 1, 2012 was celebrated at CCSU as the 30th anniversary of the effective date of CT’s Automotive Lemon Law – landmark consumer legislation and the first such law in the nation
Oct. 1, 2012 was commemorated at CCSU as the 30th anniversary of the effective date of CT’s Automotive Lemon Law.
The 1982 Lemon Law was first in the nation; laws modeled on CT’s have since been passed by all other states well as many other nations.
The bill was spearheaded by a freshman legislator, now teaching at CCSU, John J. Woodcock III – considered the ‘father of the lemon law,’ and the bill was signed into law by the late Gov. William A. O’Neill, whose legacy of public service is reflected by the O’Neill Endowed Chair sitting in the Center for Public Policy and Social Research (CPPSR).
CPPSR ‘s archival project has accepted the personal collection of Professor Woodcock and the collection is now housed in the Special Collections Department at CCSU’s Elihu Burritt Library.
The law was a landmark in an era of consumer activism, and continues to serve as inspiration for citizens seeking to make use of our democratic processes and effect change from the ground up.
In attendance were not only Professor Woodcock but several others who came to share their knowledge of the law’s quite fascinating history and continuing value as public policy, including past and sitting Commissioners of CT’s Dept. of Consumer Protection.
The Woodcock archival material and the oral histories conducted by CPPSR are available on this website, and are a great resource for students, scholars and future generations researching this model case of public interties law.