Father of the California Lemon Law Beverly Passes Away

The Los Angeles Times reported that Robert G. Beverly, the state lawmaker who helped author the groundbreaking California lemon law, died in late 2009 after complications from Parkinson’s disease at the age of 84.

Beverly began his career in the California Assembly in 1967 and served the South Bay until he was forced out by term limits in 1996. His pioneering work was helping to draft a series of laws that eventually became known to Los Angeles lemon law attorneys & lawyers as the Beverly-Song Consumer Warranty Act, which gave protections to consumers who purchased defective new cars.

Beverly’s legacy isn’t surprising to many top Los Angeles and San Francisco lemon law attorneys & lawyers, since he was one of them. He was a lawyer by trade, and was a founding partner of the law firm Richards, Watson & Gershon. One of his favorite pieces of legislation did not involve cars but wine: he urged Gov. Jerry Brown to pass a law in 1980 allowing restaurant patrons to take home unfinished bottles of wine.