Post Reply Have you ever sued someone or been sued ?
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It's common to see some commercials from a law firm on the daily basis around here. I've never been in any lawsuit as of yet... Most people backed out and paid up when i showed them sufficient evidences.

It should be the last resort though-- suing someone-- you still need to keep good record of everything. There's is such a thing as verbal contract, but there's no way to prove it unless you have it on audio (better yet video).
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never, only 20..but family members have sued past employers
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Posted 8/27/17 , edited 8/28/17
no I haven't..and hopefully never
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I sued a battery company once a long time ago . Took them to small claims court to sue them for a lifetime truck battery & lawyer fees . The never showed up to court and lost . Then for some reason they managed to get an appeal . So it went to the next higher court . They chickened out right before the court date & paid back the battery (which was all I wanted) and now the expensive lawyer & court fees . The shop I worked at replaced all our customers batteries from them at no charge to a reputable company (Interstate) . They were sued by several of the customers & went out of business .
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I've been through the process up to the point of deciding whether to sue, however most cases dissolve into mediation, and usually its already expensive by that point anyway. The problem is that even if you sue for a million the process of getting the money will drain throughout the battle, so usually both sides push for mediation. I was attacked personally so steered for suing, but my lawyers were so strongly against it, I decided to mediate and take the deal instead. I will tell you that whichever side has the most money will usually be the winner, albeit losing a large chunk of money in the process to lawyer fees and the investigation fees. In the end the only people that win are involved with the court. Just not worth forcing it.

The standard fee to lawyers is 30% to start, then 40% once mediation beings, and 50% once the lawsuit commences. Add on any investigation fees over the coure of what could be up to 20 years of investigation, you can see why suing is just not a good idea, and judges LOVE to through cases out, cause they just hate dealing with them.

I actually had two lawyers for different specialties and they split the mediation amount of 45% while taking up the costs of investigation fees, so its a real course of business >_<.

I also prosecuted at a criminal level on the person I was suing, so things got real dirty. I later withdrew the prosecution after they apologized, indirectly. Apologies can go a long ways sometimes, and the court process is so impersonal and indirect. The defense attorney specifically told me not to talk to them ever, lol.

there is a saying, "the only good lawsuit is when both parties walk away dissatisfied."

I will regret that day for the rest of my life, and I'm sure the other guy will too.
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I'm probably more likely to get sued than be the one doing the suing. I was unfortunately never blessed with the rationality of an adult and choose to solve all my problems with the grace and skill of a toddler throwing a temper tantrum.
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SirGorilla wrote:

I sued a battery company once a long time ago . Took them to small claims court to sue them for a lifetime truck battery & lawyer fees . The never showed up to court and lost . Then for some reason they managed to get an appeal . So it went to the next higher court . They chickened out right before the court date & paid back the battery (which was all I wanted) and now the expensive lawyer & court fees . The shop I worked at replaced all our customers batteries from them at no charge to a reputable company (Interstate) . They were sued by several of the customers & went out of business .


this is the downside of suing-- you don't get compensated for loss wage, time spent, etc.. unless it's some other liability lawsuits

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They did have to pay for all my legal expense & court costs . I didn't lose anything on wages (thank goodness) & my boss was supporting me .
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I thought we would be going to court against my previous landlord when we moved out
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I used to have a frenemy who successfully sued his employer 6 times over work issues and still was able to keep his job (locomotive engineer for a Class 1 railroad, unionized). Someone we both knew used 1 of his original 35mm slides for a railfan book publication without his permission. Upon publication the perp wouldn't take responsibility for his contribution of another individual's property and pointed the finger at me even though I didn't have a damn thing to do with any of it. Since the perp had no money this plantiff to be kept after me for a few years about the publication using 1 of his slides without copyright permission. Repeatedly I would tell him your complaint is with the perp, not me.

A few years later I inherited a ton of money from my parents. Once again, the issue about the "loss" of revenue over 1 slide came up. This time I informed him in person that his lawyer and my lawyer will need to arrange a time and place for a chit-chat about this plagiarism copyright problem and while they are at it I am notifying you now that I'll be suing you for libel as I'm sick and tired of being accused of something I'm not even connected with.

That statement sealed the deal. I never heard from him again about this. Later on we parted ways. No loss. After 20 years passage I still have regrets about standing up to his bullshit.
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