Received a post card in the mail the other day.
It appears a class action about .."misrepresented and overstated the
horsepower of their lawn mowers and lawn mower engines. The Defendants
deny these claims and they deny they did anything wrong. All of the
parties have agreed to settle."
You can receive Cash:
· Up to $35.00 for each walk-behind lawnmower
· Up to $75.00 for each riding lawnmower
You can receive an extended Warranty:
You can receive these benefits if:
1. You purchased a lawnmower, for your own use, containing an
engine with up to 30 horsepower in the United States or Puerto Rico
and between January 1, 1994 and April 12, 2010.
2. Either the lawnmower or the engine of the lawnmower was
manufactured or sold by a Company listed below.
3. You submit a claim.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN
Got one sitting right next to keyboard, addressed to previous owner.
Meant to find the owners manual and/or eyeball the mower itself, and get
on that web site today. Wonder why I didn't get a card in my name? Or
did I forget to register that thing when I bought it right after I moved in?
I've sent in paperwork on several previous class action things like
that, but the promised checks never showed up. The amounts were too
trivial to waste my time chasing them. I think it is mainly a lawyer
employment project, and somehow there are never any funds left over to
Certainly these class action suits benefit only the lawyers. The "class"
gets a few meager dollars if anything, while the lawyers get millions,
and future consumers pay for all of it.
I would also be especially careful to research any of these "class
action" postcards to validate that the case is real and can be found on
a proper official court site, not just the one the postcard directs you
to. I think these "class action" postcards could be an excellent vehicle
for identify theft or other fraud.
What the hell- the odds are better than with a lottery ticket, and the
price is right- just log onto the web site. I definitely won't give them
any account information or SSN or anything. If they claim they need to
direct-deposit the money, screw it. $35 ain't worth that risk.
I got one of these postcards too. I haven't yet decided whether to do
anything about it.
I got a $75 credit from Toshiba in connection with the cracked-hinge
problem on a particular series of their notebook computers. I used the
credit to buy an external drive, but of course the credit was against
"list price," which was considerably more than I might have paid at Best
Buy, Staples, etc. I think I did OK, but the "net value" was
significantly less than the $75.
(I do think that [a] allowing lawyers to take cases on a contingency
basis and [b] absolving plaintiffs of the responsibility for defendants'
costs if the plaintiffs lose are major flaws in the legal system.)
My favorite had to do with some idiocy in the contract for the old GTE
MobileNet. The lawyers got something like $30 million and I got an ear
bud if (and ONLY if) I extended my contract for 3 years. Oh, the
I get off on '57 Chevys
I get off on screamin' guitars
Bunch of people looking for handout and worrying about litigation!!!!!
Something for free; eh? Wimps?
As long as it starts, cuts the grass or whatever, who cares?
Any settlement will just be added to the first cost next time someone
(us?) buys a mower etc.
More important things going on. And no wonder life is so expensive!
Extra costs, expensive lawyers, expensive credit, weak regulation of
everything from mine safety to consumer protection.
the only way seems to be to litigate ............... where IS
governemnt 'For the people, by the people' when needed?
Rich lobbyists running Washington; no wonder other countries are
recovering their economies faster than the USA where the poorly
regulated credit and funny-money problems started. "Can anyone spell
Enron, Madeoff, ING, GMC etc.".
Of course I never buy a new mower anyway. Fix one up; swap motors,
sharpen the blade. Change a rusted out base etc. etc.
Last time we bought a 'new' mower, for example was, in the 1980s.
IIRC. Making a local news group deal this morning for an older mower
with a rusted base; we have a good base (or two). Probably fix it up
and give it to son or son in law. My old mower now using the motor of
my neighbour's old one.
BTW this a a home repair (and associated topics) news group; eh?
People do want what they pay for. As almost no one can test the products
they buy , they must rely on the lable. While it is horsepower of the
mower, how would you like it if your paycheck was rated like the mowers
horsepower. Or beter yet, some computer speakers. I have seen some rted at
50 watts an powered by a wall cube. Open them up and you will see 2 watts
written on the speaker. I gave up on the computers a while back when AMD
started rating their chips in what speed they run like compaired to Intel
instead of the true speed.
If the companies would quit screwing over the consumer, the lawsuits would
It is a lot better than "Instantaneous peak horsepower" or other
meaningless terms. If you know the actual full load amps you do have a
clue about how much power is being presented to the task. Then the
only variable would be the efficiency of the impeller.
Sometimes it's useful for a comparison between two or more
products, assuming you trust the engineering of the motors and
a reasonable efficiency. It's not very hard to have a 12 Amp
vacuum produce less vacuum than an 8 - 10 Amp vacuum. 12 Amps
is sort of a "standard" rating lately but all it 'proves' is
that it won't blow a 15 Amp breaker. Vacuum production is all
over the map with today's machines. I find it interesting no
one has decided to advertise cfm by utensil and/or lift specs
with water, mercury or whatever. It's as though they all
colluded to make the specs meaningless for residential use
products. Commercial products will usually have real specs on
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