Originally Posted by seablade
From what I have been told PCWorld is part of a larger corporation that owns several chains. That corporation and everything to do with it... describing it as unethical... might be complimenting them. Many people have other choice words for them, and apparently they don't give a crap about their public image, at least to an extent that hasn't been easily discovered yet. In Europe, and Engliand I believe, there are VERY strong laws in favor of consumer protection. Remember the lawsuits against a PS2 game because they used pre-rendered footage in a commercial? Yea that is a good example. I am willing to bet they actually have an even stronger case over there than they do here, and even here they would have a strong case. Seablade
Seablade is correct in regards to VERY strong laws for consumer protection. It's also why you notice a LOT fewer high scores for cars in auto safety tests. The tests are much harder to do well on, and ultimately cars have to be MUCH better made to pass snuff. The case in Europe is much stronger due to these laws, and the fact is, in Europe there is much less complacency / acceptance for shoddy goods than there is in the USA. As for the USA case, it really would depend on where the suit originated from. As for speaking my piece on it. The only reason I'm so passionate about this topic is because I have had to sue DELL in regards to them trying to dump a laptop on me, my being nice and returning it, and then being billed because of a computer error. If you have to take legal action, realise that computer companies / conglomerates do not retain lawyers on an hourly basis like we cretins must do, they either have an in-house lawfirm, or in the rare state where they do not have a lawyer licensed to practice in a state, they'll pay whatever is necessary to win a case, and as defendants, the burden of proof would be on YOU to prove any wrongdoing (US court system promotes innocence unless proven otherwise, in theory, and let's run with "theory" to keep things somewhat simple) This is exactly why I don't advocate the public poo-poo-ing of companies; the more firepower you give them, the harder it will be to win an already uphill legal battle. (Something I learned when suing DELL. We ultimately settled, I got an XPS GEN I, that died, got the XPS m1710 that i've built up into the monster in my sig). On a side note, I believe in most European countries, the burden of proof is on the Defendants to prove they committed no wrongdoings, so if the Defendants don't show up, or don't bother to provide a case, the Plaintiffs would win by default (Plaintiffs being the Linux'd PCWorlders). Best Advice: Lay Low, make a paper trail, maintain relations with higher-ups in companies, keep all documents and replies and feedback filed and safe, and let your attorney and your proof do the speaking instead of your emotions.