Tube vendors and tube manufacturers suffer frivilous lawsuit from scam artist.

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  1. K4KYV

    K4KYV Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I haven't seen anything on this topic here, but it has been circulating all over the web recently.

    The lawsuit is against 21 defendants asking for $75,000 from each over the issue of mercury poisoning. Many tube types listed are mercury vapour rectifiers, but some of the vendors claim to have no record of ever selling the complainant any mercury type tubes. The defendants range from one-person new-old-stock tube vendors to large corporate manufacturers like Technicolor, RCA and General Electric.

    Some of the vendors say they may be forced into bankruptcy because they cannot afford to retain a lawyer to defend themselves against the suit, and the complainant has threatened to file for judgement by default.


    >> There is someone apparently suing just about the entire 'tube
    >> universe' for 'mercury poisoning'.
    >> Cascade Surplus is all upset because they not only claim to have sold
    >> him no tubes (of any kind) but "can't afford" a lawyer to defend
    >> against the action. They posted a redacted copy of the amended
    >> complaint.
    >> I'm not sure how one argues they were not 'told' that a mercury vapor
    >> rectifier contains mercury.
    >> Just wait till he finds out CFLs, and flourescents in general, contain
    >> mercury.
    >> Has anyone heard of a 6BQ5 containing mercury?

    From Cascade Surpus Electronics:

    This guy is a guru in the audiophool industry. He restores/repairs vintage tube-type amplifiers. Here is his website:

    Other defendants include: EBAY, CBS, Richardson Electronics, Antique Radio (tubesandmore), SND, on and on.

    The camplainant is on many user forums under the ID of "RCA7591". The 7591 is a popular power Pentode, and RCA is arguably the best brand of them. Google the string "Ryan + RCA7591". Be careful though, one of the hits reportedly infected the user's computer with a virus.

    In his struggle with health issues the complainant has posted on many medical boards, and even became an "Elmer" on coaching folks how to wean themselves off Xanax. Some posters even called him "Doctor". Here are a couple of samples:
  2. KT7DAD

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    He and his attorney are probably "banking" on that the $$ ammount for each defendants is so small so they will settle out of court to save time and money.

    I think the defendants should hire an attorney together and ruin both the plaintiff and his attorney.

    On the other hand, this country have way to many attorneys....
  3. K0RGR

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    In another thread, we have discussed using a chain in a gunny sack to soften up the opposition. I think that might be applied here, too. Start with the attorney and see if he can be persuaded to sue his own client.
  4. WA6MHZ

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    Another classic example of the term "RB"!
  5. K5FH

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    Dupe. 'Zed software gets strange at times.
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2011
  6. K5FH

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    This is a total scam.

    But you can see where this is going. Pretty soon the same thing is going to happen to anyone or any company that manufactured or sold mercury thermometers.

    I can't help but wonder whether frivolous lawsuits like this are a product of the fact that the baby boom generation is now reaching retirement age and some people are looking to use this form of legalized extortion as a way to fund their retirement.

    Stay tuned...this is going to get much more interesting *

    * Ancient Chinese curse: "May you live in interesting times."
  7. WB2WIK

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    For those interested in such issues, I have retained a successful litigation group (Dewey, Gypum & Howe) to sue every manufacturer of kitchen knives and razor blades with which I have nearly killed myself during just casual use.

    If others have similar experience, let me know and we may be able to turn this into a Classless Action.
  8. W5WN

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    Oh, did Mr. Cheatum leave the firm? I remember them when they were Dewey, Cheatum & Howe.
  9. WB2WIK

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    I heard Mr. Cheatum was run over by a bus driven by two dozen past clients.
  10. K6CPO

    K6CPO Ham Member QRZ Page

    In the below link provided by the OP, the guy states he is "a 22-year-old-male." This doesn't sound like a baby boomer to me...
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