Metroid wrote:thedude wrote:Not meaning trying to hate on the whole legal profession here, but you should probably note that in a 100 million class action like this, the attorneys for the plaintiffs would get 33 to 40 million dollars and would probably be the only ones who profit from the case. However, a suit like this isn't cheap to bring, so if the suit fails they stand to be out a ton of money.
Boo Hoo...then don't sue. I mean it's not like he was put out, he didn't lose any money....none of these people did. Sure maybe the store lied and maybe they posted false advertising but jeeze if it's more expensive to buy your TV at Sears than Joes TV Shack then go buy it at Joes. And besides they offered to lower the price and he wouldn't accept that, this seems more of a case of someone wanting something for free than someone being taken advantage of by a retailer.
That said if they promised to offer something and didn't own up they should be penalized for it somehow, I just don't think a guy who couldn't get his TV on the cheap should get a payday....or these lawyers for that matter. Force Sears to donate a sizable chunk of change to a charity or something.
Ironically, I don't think this board would have much sympathy if the roles were reversed.
Say someone really wanted to buy something and the seller was reluctant because it was the only one he had. So the buyer said, "Tell you what; I'll buy it from you and if you can find someone else willing to buy it for more, in the next 30 days, I'll give you the extra." So the seller agrees; the buyer buys; and then 2 weeks later the buyer refuses to pay the extra when the seller produces another buyer.
That's tough luck. That's contract. And that's exactly the same thing that's happening here. It's just in this case, the seller is the one obligating themselves. It's not like anybody is forcing Sears to have this price-matching policy; they're only doing it to get more business. They're perfectly capable of discontinuing it, or never having it at all.
Ultimately, I don't think this is a big deal but I don't think this guy is a bad guy for what he's doing.