Thursday, February 15, 2018
A Legal Scare
A Legal Scare
I recently found a piece of paper on the kitchen table that looked very important. It was in very small print so I grabbed my magnifying reading glasses.
What I found scared me.
Apparently if a recent purchase was found defective, we have only 14 days in which to take direct legal action in court. After 14 days we automatically agree to everything on this piece of paper, which states any complaint would go to an independent arbitrator.
Crap, just the word “arbitration” is scary.
If we take the manufacturer of the product to arbitration then we will assume 50% of any costs of the proceeding unless the claim is over “$10,000 then Blah blah, gobbilty gook, blah.”
This was followed by lots more legal stuff which to me was like reading something with those funny looking Russian alphabet characters. The reference to $10,000 did get my attention, and that along with the legalese language was very scary.
I had no idea what purchase this was in reference to, but suspected it was our recent very expensive HVAC purchase.
Damn, I think that was over 14 days ago, and if something goes wrong, I don’t want to go to arbitration, especially if
“over $10,000 then “Blah blah, gobbilty gook, blah.”
Why had this important legal paper gone unnoticed for so long. It looks very important and very scary. I should probably have my lawyer interpret it for me. The manufacturer must have spent a pretty penny putting it together, surely it is meant to screw the buyer if he just ignores it.
“We have a problem, how many times do I have to tell you to save and read the fine print on all our purchases?”
The wife tromps downstairs.
“What are you talking about?”
“This!” I hand her the paper.
“It looks serious, see the over $10,000 then ‘Blah blah, gobbilty gook, blah part’. It has been over 14 days since they installed the new HVAC.”
“HVAC…what are you talking about? This came with the grabber thing we bought the other day, you know, the ‘As seen on TV’ thing.”
“The pincher thing with the long handle and the light on the end, plus the magnet for picking up anything even in the dark?”
“But that only cost $19.95, why would I go to arbitration over it if it won’t pick something up?”
“Oh…so I can just throw this legal crap away?”