Stupid Class Action Lawsuits

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Weber Grills are my favorite grill to use. I know I’m not alone because Weber enthusiasts are kind of like Jeep enthusiasts, and for the most part they do not buy into this litigious class action bullshit.

I get this via email because I registered my grill, presumably. So — some person (and later a class action group) sues because Weber Grills claimed that their grills are “Made in the USA” and all but one line of grills are, now people get class action money.

As much as I’d like up to a whopping $9, I’d rather forgo it and reform the laws regarding advertising and class actions so I don’t have to waste my time dealing with a Doug Chambers bullshit lawsuit.  So, to litigious people like Doug Chambers, I’d like to say thanks for the offer of a $9 check, but please accept my counter offer: a concerted go fuck yourself for inadvertently making my future Weber purchase more expensive.

This is the notice I received:

Legal Notice
Chambers v. Weber-Stephen Products LLC
Class Action Case No. 37-2011-00085919-CU-BT-CTL, San Diego Superior Court
A California Superior Court ordered distribution of this Notice in connection with a proposed settlement of
a Class Action. This Notice is not a solicitation.
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS MAY BE AFFECTED WHETHER YOU ACT OR DON’T ACT.
PLEASE READ THIS NOTICE CAREFULLY
This notice concerns a proposed settlement of a class action lawsuit against Weber-Stephen Products LLC (“Weber”). The lawsuit alleges that Weber violated the law by designating Weber grills and certain accessories as “Made in USA.” Weber believes that because all Weber grills and the disputed accessories are designed and engineered in the USA, and all grills save for one line are manufactured and assembled in the USA using component parts primarily made in the USA, it did nothing wrong and therefore has valid defenses to plaintiff’s claims. The court has not held a trial or ruled in favor of either party on any disputed issues. Weber and the plaintiff have agreed to settle the matter to avoid the costs of continued litigation.
Under the terms of the proposed settlement, the Class Members are all persons who purchased a qualifying Weber Product for end-use from February 15, 2007, through February 15, 2012, which bore the designation “MADE IN USA” on the product and/or product packaging. The Court has certified the lawsuit to proceed as a class action for purposes of settlement.
Under the terms of the proposed settlement, Class Members are eligible to receive a check for $2.00, $5.00, or $9.00, depending on the price they paid for the qualifying Weber product. If the Court approves the proposed settlement, to receive the check, Class Members need only submit a completed Claim Form on-line or by mail. The Claim Form can be found online at www.WeberClassSettlement.com in English or en Español, or you can request to have one mailed to you by calling 1-877-219-9788Each Class Member will be limited to a maximum of three Claims, and payments are available only to those persons who do not opt out of the proposed settlement. The payment offer expires on April 30, 2012, and is not transferable. Weber has also agreed to a permanent injunction, and, subject to Court approval, to pay the named class representative, Doug Chambers, a one-time fee of $5,000.00 to reimburse his expenses and time. Plaintiff’s Counsel will request up to $995,000.00 for attorney’s fees and costs, which Weber reserves all rights to oppose. The Court may award less than the amounts requested.
What are Class Members’ Options? To ask for cash and stay in the Class, Class Members must submit a Claim Form by April 30, 2012. If a Class Member does not want to participate in the settlement, the Class Member may request exclusion from the Class by June 20, 2012. Class Members may also stay in the Class and object to the settlement by June 20, 2012.
Do not contact the Court. To get additional information about the terms and conditions of the proposed settlement and your options, in English or en Español, please review the Notice of Proposed Settlement of Class Action online at www.WeberClassSettlement.com, or call 1-877-219-9788.

To opt out of the lawsuit, here is what you do:

Request for Exclusion from the Class – If you are a member of the Settlement Class, you have the right to be excluded from the Class. If you wish to be excluded from the Class, you must mail a letter so that it is postmarked no later than June 20, 2012 to Class Counsel and Weber’s counsel at the following addresses:

John H. Donboli
Class Counsel
Del Mar Law Group, LLP
2002 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Ste. 100
Del Mar, CA 92014

Howard A. Slavitt
Counsel for Defendant Weber-Stephen Products LLC
Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP
One Ferry Building, Ste. 200
San Francisco, CA 94111

The letter must clearly state your full name, current mailing address, phone number, and signature and include the following statement: “I want to be excluded from the plaintiff class in Chambers v. Weber-Stephen Products LLC, San Diego Superior  Court, Case No. 37-2011-00085919-CU-BT-CTL.”

If you want to be able to file a Claim against Defendants based on the events, circumstances and/or practices alleged in the Action in a separate lawsuit, then the only way to preserve your ability to do this is to send a letter requesting to be excluded from the Class.  The request for exclusion must be submitted in your own name and signed by you personally. No individual may request that other persons be excluded from the Class. Do not send a letter requesting exclusion if you wish to file a Claim for a $2.00, $5.00 or $9.00 payment under the settlement. If you exclude yourself from the Class, you will not be entitled to any payment.

In your note to the lawyers, let them know what you think. Tell the class action attorney to go chase ambulances. And draw a nice Weber grill for Weber’s counsel and tell them how much you love Weber. What a waste of the court’s and my time. If you googled this and think the case is a waste of time, thanks for visiting.

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8 Thoughts on “Stupid Class Action Lawsuits

  1. Seriously, this guy is retarded. Even if I got $100 I wouldn’t sign on. I love Weber grills and will buy no other, even if my plastic burner knobs are made somewhere else.

  2. Agreed, Eric.

  3. Nancy Lutz on February 23, 2012 at 3:59 pm said:

    JS – I AGREE WITH YOU 100%! When I recevied the same email and was appauled! Webber is an outstanding company! They were good/kind enough to provide me with a variety of replacement parts FREE of charge after my grill caught on fire which was NOT due to their negligence. What other company does that? So what if some of the parts are not actually “manufactured” in U.S.A? That fact did NOT cause anyone damage or hardship. Their grills are of outstanding quality regardless. Doug Chambers and his legal counsel should be ashamed of themselves for initiating such an absurd class action suit. They are nothing but greedy slime-balls just looking for undue “monetary compensation” without justified reason. It simply disgusts me! “Doug” does NOT deserve to receive $5,000 from Webber. For what? It’s not like his grill exploded in his face due to a faulty component made in “timbuck2” although the country of origin on the product indicated U.S.A. I wouldn’t be surprised if he uses this very same “tactic” with other companies just to “fatten his wallet”. Out of principal, I wouldn’t stoop SO LOW as to apply for my $9.00 award from Webber even if it was of greater value. Doug obviously has no conscious or TRUE American values. NL

  4. I say we file a counter suit against Doug Chambers and the law firm for costing us more on our next Weber grill.

  5. We love our weber! This whole thing is bullsh*t. Maybe we should start a petition on change.org….

  6. Hilton on March 2, 2012 at 12:28 pm said:

    Doug Chambers may make some money from Weber, but looks like he didn’t with CVS Pharmacy. There may be others. It would be interesting to know just how many other lawsuits he’s brought and if Mr. Donboli represented him?

    http://docs.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/california/casdce/3:2009cv00419/291614/15/

    • Very interesting, Hilton. Thanks for sharing. Seems like Doug Chambers is a class action troll.

  7. I would love to see a class action lawsuit against these class action lawsuits. The fact that you have to go through hoops to “Opt Out” is insane. The default should be an opt-in approach that is used by most ethical companies. To make matters worse, I have to send a written letter to two addresses?

    I’m tired of these lawsuits where it is a trivial amount or issue. Also, I’m upset that they take away my rights for an equitable resolution when there is a real material issue. A good example of this is the supposed nVidia settlement.

    I have opted out, but have included a bill to them for $57.29. A 2% late fee will be assessed for each 30 days past due.

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