In my last hearing at the
consumer forum, I was asked to present oral arguments again today. The
Exide chap also asked me for my phone number so that the lawyer could
discuss a settlement. He never called.
I wondered if they'd try to spring it on me in court today, and that's
exactly what they did. Their lawyer (the same one who wrote the response
to my complaint) waited until the last possible moment to ask me what it
would take to settle, so that when my case came up for hearing, he could
say he wanted to discuss a settlement, and I would be unprepared.
I protested to the bench that it was a delaying tactic, but that made me
look unreasonable (just as he wanted, I'm sure). I eventually did agree
to another hearing in two weeks to see if we can reach a settlement.
When he asked me what I wanted, I referred him to my complaint, which he
dismissed as being
always exaggerated. I said I wanted all three
batteries replaced, plus compensation amounting to a bit less than what
I had originally asked for. I also said I was very offended by what they
had said about me in their response (
unclean hands etc.), and he
just a part of litigation.
Anyway, he went off saying he would try to
bring some harmony
between Exide and me. Meanwhile, I will prepare my oral arguments again,
based on what I learned from listening to a somewhat disorganised lawyer
presenting hers in court today. I learned a lot about what not to do,
and what the forum members look for.