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#1 of 7 Old 01-30-2004, 06:06 PM - Thread Starter
 
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We apparently have defective siding on our house and have been bombarded by mailers about people wanting to "represent" us in getting our fair share. Yesterday we got the first one that actually told us how much they take (1/3). They all say "no out-of-pocket". Our siding is in bad shape and I do believe that we should be able to get some of this money to repair it. It's actually rotting off in places and it's 13 years old and well maintained.

Part of me is very skeptical about this. Is there anyway to represent yourself? I just don't want to give someone 1/3 or maybe more of the money since it is supposed to be for repairing the defective product, KWIM?
I would greatly appreciate any information/experience about this.

Paige, mama to three girls, (10), (8) and (3)
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No but if someone starts a class action suit against Verizon for not giving me MY (not yours, schmucks) phone number when we switched to all wireless I'll join in.

I don't even want the money I just want Verizon to suffer.

Nothing like the congress passing a law (number portability) law just to have the blood scuking big corporation wiggle out of their responsibility just because they're not accustomed to a little healthy competition.

Verizon is the Devil.

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law firm took. Since it didn't cost me much other than copying some records for them it wasn't too bad. Didn't get a lot in the end but they did all the leg work, filing and court details ...

Not sure if the 1/3 is standard..
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My husband did it. If you have lots of attorneys offering to represent, I'd go with whoever is representing the MOST ammount of other people. My husband didn't have to do anything and we got a decent check in the end.....
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we have too, but we came in after it was all set up so no suggestions.
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Yes.

I was in one against Mazda,

and against State Farm Insurance,

and against others....

I never got a thing.

"The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic."
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My limited understanding is that generally lawyers take 1/3 to 40%. Read the small print, sometimes the lawyer's cut increases if the case goes longer.

I think with a class action suit, you the client have very little say and very little bargaining power (unless you organize with the other plaintiffs), but on your own you might not get anything at all.

good luck!
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