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Date: 28 Jan 2009 11:25:05
From: samsloan
Subject: On Settling the Lawsuits
The USCF has a history of capitulating in the face of lawsuits and
threats of lawsuits. Giving in quickly and settling accomplished
nothing in the long run, as it only encourages others to file more
lawsuits.

Two famous examples: Ed Labate of Labate's Chess Emporium was kicked
out and not allowed to advertise his tournaments in Chess Life any
more. Prior to that, his ads were the biggest and most prevalent in
chess.

I do not know why he was kicked out of Chess Life, but I am sure that
it was a good reason.

Labate sued or threatened to sue, I do not know which, and the USCF
wound up paying him $35,000 to settle the case.

In 2004, the USCF Executive Board firmly and finally decided against
the move to Crossville. The result was a letter from the lawfirm of
Loony and Loony in Crossville to the board threatening a lawsuit if
the USCF did not move there.

The result was that the Executive Board immediately capitulated and
reversed position, leading to the move to Crossville.

The results of the move to Crossville have been disastrous, leading to
losses in six figures every year since the move. We would have been
far better off staying in New Windsor and preparing to fight a case.

The lesson to be learned by the USCF and every other middle sized to
large corporation is: Expect to be sued. People will always find an
excuse to sue anybody who has money. Stand your ground and never
surrender unless the person suing really has a meritorious case.

Sam Sloan




 
Date: 28 Jan 2009 20:21:04
From: foad
Subject: Re: On Settling the Lawsuits

"samsloan" <samhsloan@gmail.com > wrote in message
news:d2f7ef97-949e-49c7-aed2-64fe8ab38412@q25g2000vbn.googlegroups.com...

> People will always find an
> excuse to sue anybody who has money.

Fans of irony take note.








 
Date: 28 Jan 2009 11:47:29
From: None
Subject: Re: On Settling the Lawsuits
On Jan 28, 2:25=A0pm, samsloan <samhsl...@gmail.com > wrote:
> The USCF has a history of capitulating in the face of lawsuits and
> threats of lawsuits. Giving in quickly and settling accomplished
> nothing in the long run, as it only encourages others to file more
> lawsuits.
>
> Two famous examples: Ed Labate of Labate's Chess Emporium was kicked
> out and not allowed to advertise his tournaments in Chess Life any
> more. Prior to that, his ads were the biggest and most prevalent in
> chess.
>
> I do not know why he was kicked out of Chess Life, but I am sure that
> it was a good reason.
>
> Labate sued or threatened to sue, I do not know which, and the USCF
> wound up paying him $35,000 to settle the case.
>
> In 2004, the USCF Executive Board firmly and finally decided against
> the move to Crossville. The result was a letter from the lawfirm of
> Loony and Loony in Crossville to the board threatening a lawsuit if
> the USCF did not move there.
>
> The result was that the Executive Board immediately capitulated and
> reversed position, leading to the move to Crossville.
>
> The results of the move to Crossville have been disastrous, leading to
> losses in six figures every year since the move. We would have been
> far better off staying in New Windsor and preparing to fight a case.
>
> The lesson to be learned by the USCF and every other middle sized to
> large corporation is: Expect to be sued. People will always find an
> excuse to sue anybody who has money. Stand your ground and never
> surrender unless the person suing really has a meritorious case.
>
> Sam Sloan

Which mis-statement to address first? The six figure loss every year
due to the move? Not true, not to mention the six figure loss for the
preceding six years. The vote not to move? No such vote. The Labatt
ads being bigger and more numerous than the CCA ads? Hardee, har, har.

Sam likes to support his arguments with nonexistent facts. Hard to
dispute but not hard to ignore.