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1/24/2018 | 12:53:42 AM
Please don't feed the lawyers!
Sorry, Chris: you'll have to wait for a future generation of lawyers - the current batch will all still be working the Equifax debacle when your neighbor's Porsche is a museum piece. 
REISEN1955
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1/24/2018 | 8:23:28 AM
Re: Please don't feed the lawyers!
Agree!!!   The only group of people (read that sharks) who profit from these issues ARE LAWYERS.  
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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1/24/2018 | 9:58:36 PM
Re: Please don't feed the lawyers!
Everybody loves to criticize attorneys until they need one.

(I remember being on a cruise where one of the couples seated at our nightly dinner table was a retired salesman and his wife. He asked me what I did for a living. I told him I was (among other things) an attorney. For the rest of the trip, he was vicious with "jokes" and other gibes about my profession and me personally (to the point that his wife was visibly embarrassed and tried to get him to stop). For my own part, I kept quiet and polite -- and afterwards laughed with my traveling companion about the stereotypes and barbs about "sleaziness" I could have thrown in his face for being a salesman.)

Anyway...

Funnily enough, I find that -- on the individual level (as opposed to business clients) -- in general, the worst clients with the worst cases tend to feel exceptionally strongly about their cause, while the best clients with the best cases feel that they're being a jerk by hiring a lawyer even though they got genuinely, completely, unlawfully screwed (and they wind up screwing themselves more by failing to talk to an attorney until well after their statute of limitations has run out).

I've seen exceptions, of course, but the point is that Chris is right in general principle. When you buy a product where you're given a guarantee as part of that sales process/agreement, you're not wrong to expect precisely what the salesman said (among other things, like, for instance, perhaps, that the thing works in general).

(*Not legal advice. Not the formation, affirmation, or implication of an attorney-client relationship.)
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1/24/2018 | 10:02:47 PM
Re: Please don't feed the lawyers!
Equifax is a harder situation because (1) of who the customer is (NOT, in many cases, the people whose information was breached), (2) lack of regulation of the industry, and (3) lack of proof of any actual exploit or identity theft due to the breach in the vast majority of cases.

Meanwhile, FWIW, automakers themselves have already been sued for performance issues (in particular, mpg). I haven't been keeping good track, though, of how those cases have turned out.

(*Not legal advice. Not the formation, affirmation, or implication of an attorney-client relationship.)


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