Let’s see, what do people want to talk about this morning?
Ervin makes a pitch for bringing the Gulf Oil Disaster to Miami:
Ervin A. Gonzales, a Florida lawyer, argued that “clearly, Louisiana is the most affected state, but there may be appearances of conflict” for judges and jurors. He suggested Miami.
Note to NYT — I know Hispanic names are tricky, but it’s Gonzalez, not Gonzales. (Doesn’t anyone fact-check anymore?)
Big surprise — people don’t always understand contracts that they sign, especially when there’s lots of fine print:
The agency says DIRECTV buried additional fees in small print in service agreements with customers. For example, it cited a $5 charge for a second receiver; a $19.95 fee for complex installation, handling and delivery; $6 per month for DVR service; and $10 a month for HD access. But the company’s offers of free installation in up to four rooms and free HD DVR receiver upgrades didn’t include information about these fees.
In addition, the suit says customers who thought they were signing a one-year contract based on ads that offered to lock in a price for a full year were actually signing two-year contracts.
And, the suit says, ads that claimed the service offers more than 130 HD channels, including local channels and exclusive sports packages, added in fine print “eligibility for local channels based on service address. Programs not delivered in HD in all markets,” and “Blackout restrictions and other conditions apply.”
The consumer services department says these conditions didn’t clearly explain to consumers that even with the most expensive programming packages, they wouldn’t get all channels all the time.
Bit of a hodge-podge of a complaint if you ask me, but here’s the important thing: the contract specified a pool of exactly 2530 feet!
Karmic payback’s a b@$ch:
Sam Wyly also funded the Swift Boat campaign that torpedoed Massachusetts Democrat John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign.
What else — Thor trailer here (boo, it’s been taken down), and happy birthday to Buddy Guy!