How much to charge for classic computer rental
rigdonj at cfl.rr.com
Thu Apr 20 09:45:22 CDT 2006
At 11:21 PM 4/19/06 -0700, you wrote:
>On 4/19/2006 at 11:34 PM Jim Leonard wrote:
>>I must have the wrong background, then. My father-in-law is a public
>>defender and I know he doesn't make much defending murder suspects, etc.
>I think your father has chosen a noble calling. But tort law isn't
>criminal law--it's an alternate reality. Most often, tort cases are "won"
>by the party that manages to stay in the ring the longest--sort of like a
>boxing match. And that match often continues far past a TKO. Verdicts
>are often reduced or overturned after years of appeals.
>Up until the Federal class-action reform legislation was enacted a couple
>of years ago, there were a great many attorneys who made their fortunes by
>exploiting various states' class-action statutes. Does your notebook's
>battery only give 1 hour and 45 minutes of service when the manufacturer
>advertised that it would deliver "approximately 2 hours"? Stir the pot,
>find a few (4 or 5) folks who bought the system and who line up on your
>side, file in New Jersey and you could claim to be a class representing ALL
>customers who bought that particular computer. The goal is to force the
>manufacturer into a settlement, not actually to go to trial. You take your
>hunk of the action and everyone else gets sent a $50 coupon good on their
>next notebook purchase.
$50? HAH! I was an unwilling participant in a class action suit and my
award was 34 cents! I still have the check somewhere, it wasn't worth
cashing. That was for escrow account overcharges that costs me hundreds.
The lawyers got the rest.
>So who wins? The manufacturer? Nope. The customers? Not really--very
>few will use the $50 coupon. The attorneys? You betcha! A new Jag and a
>month skiing in Gstaad at least.
>Like it or not (mostly I don't), torts are part of our justice system.
>Thank heavens criminal law doesn't work the same way.
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