Tuesday

Judges Say Frivolous Lawsuits Don't Exist

Federal judges are saying that all the publicity over so-called "frivolous lawsuits" is just hype. It isn't a major problem in the federal courts, say the overwhelming majority of federal judges.

The Washington-based Federal Judicial Center conducted a survey ("Report of a Survey of U.S. District Judges' Experiences and Views Concerning Rule 11") and 278 federal judges responded. A whopping 70% said frivolous lawsuits were either a "very small" or a "small" problem while another 15% said it was not a problem at all.

Sicne around 1993 there have been federal and many state court rules, generally called "Rule 11", that allow judges to punish people who bring groundless lawsuits, including their attorneys. 87% of the survey participants favored keeping Rule 11 just as it is and 91% opposed the "Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act" which is now pending in Congress and which would require mandatory sanctions on attorneys who bring frivolous lawsuits.

Leaving the law alone allows Judges to look at each case individually and decide what persons and attorneys are really abusing the system and then punish each of them appropriately.

This study confirms what many attorneys already suspected --- frivolous lawsuits are few and far between and judges already have all the power they need to punish those who bring them.

The reality is that frivolous lawsuits are not a real problem at all. They are just an excuse being used by politicians to hamstring the legal rights of consumers everywhere. Owners of lemon cars don't bring "frivolous" lawsuits because they have real, genuine problems with defective motor vehicles that manufacturers won't buy back or replace for what many people think is one reason and one reason only ... because customer satisfaction takes a back seat to corporate profit and loss statements.

People still think many lawsuits are frivolous, even though the evidence doesn't support the myth. Until the myth is seen for what it is though, for now if you've got a lemon, email or call us 1-888-331-6422 Toll Free. Getting rid of lemons and getting your money back, that's what we do. Every day.


Wednesday

Gm Recalls Even More Vehicles

Well, Gm must be out to prove that they can recall more cars in 30 days than anyone ever has.

Last month it was 2 million in a series of massive safety recalls that covered virtually all 2003 - 2005 SUV's and crew cab trucks. You can read more details by going to this web page: (click here).

This month, it's another 305,000 SUV's for bad tail light systems being recalled. This time its 2003 and 2004 model year vehicles, including Olds Bravada and Chevy Trailblazer vehicles.

Last year Gm had the most recalls (in fact they started off 2004 with a massive recall in January of 824,00 vehicles) and this year Gm's off to a good start to stay #1.

Is it any wonder that last quarter Gm reported a $1.1 billion dollar loss? So how do they plan to cope if these kind of losses continue? Very cleverly, apparently. They seem to be reading a page out of United Airlines' bankruptcy court playbook ...

The Detroit News is reporting: "Should GM continue to burn cash, the automaker could withdraw up to $6 billion in cash over the next 18 months from a $20 billion fund set up to provide health care for retired U.S. union workers and their dependents, Chief Financial Officer John Devine told reporters and analysts on a conference call. An analyst with Sanford Bernstein said in a recent report that GM could use the threat of refusing to pay for retiree health care to force the United Auto Workers union to pay more for health-care costs." Oh, that's just great. Blue collar pays for white collar mistakes?

To paraphrase Wharton, whatever the U.S. car companies have learned in the past, they have learned the hard way. The opening sentence of GM's 2003 annual report seems to have predicted both 2004 and now 2005 for GM: "Here's what's new about GM's strategy this year: Nothing."

But don't worry, says BusinessWeek. GM is not in danger of going bankrupt while it still has a huge cash stockpile. The fact is Gm has a ton of ready cash. Gm's got $19.8 billion in cash, marketable securities, and money it can tap from a pre-funded retiree benefits fund. That doesn't even count $8.3 billion Gm has available from bank credit lines and probably another $5 billion GM could pull out of profitable General Motors Acceptance Corp.

Once upon a time quality mattered ... but then again so did the customer. Worse yet, employees used to matter too. When those things matter most again, Gm's prospects can probably change.

For now, if you've got a lemon Chevrolet, lemon Buick, lemon Pontiac, lemon Saturn, or any lemon GM product, email or call us 1-888-331-6422 Toll Free. Getting rid of lemons and getting your money back, that's what we do. Every day.