In Reply to Parent Post by Neil V.
it's been to long since comcast's name has come up....
any advice on how to fairly settle with comcast?
i turned in a secondary box a year ago but they keep charging me $5 a month for it. I have a receipt, sort of. When their guy picked it up from me (i had left it outside) he left the pink copy instead of the yellow, or something like that. so according to them it's not 'official'. I have called them three times and talked with a 'supervisor'. apparantly they have to put out a missing equipment search, which has been done twice now. that was 3 or 4 months ago, no word back. in the meantime i keep paying them what i believe to actually owe them. what can they do if i cancel and don't pay the *bunk charges? their hours stink (or maybe mine do?) and i get mad everytime i think about it. i really need to clear this up, for sanity's sake.
any moral support is appreciated. i'm trying to remain poised, but part of me says give 'em the claw! like the senior
My county has reasonable fees for filing "pro se" (by yourself, without a lawyer)
suits in small claims court. (Our county's fee schedule is listed below)
Often, each county has a resource where individuals can get free or low cost legal advice on whether a claim is worth proceeding and those sources will help an individual file such a claim if one is warranted and has a chance of success.
The beauty of the process is the defendant (if it is a corporation) must usually hire an attorney to defend such a claim because most counties allow only "natural" persons to represent themselves pro se. Often, the cost of the attorney is more than the claim, so the corporation doesn't appear in its defense and the claimant may get a declaratory judgment in his favor. Collecting the judgment is another matter, but the same people who help you make the claim will show you how to collect a judgment.
(SC) - SMALL CLAIMS
$250 or less - $62.00
$251 to $1,000 - $75.00
$1,001 to $2,500 - $85.00
$2,501 to $5,000 - $132.00
$5,001 to $10,000 - $169.00
When I lived in Cook County, Illinois (Chicago) back in the 1960s, we had one character who was notorious for filing suits pro se, sometimes more than 100 per year! Back then, the top limit for small claims in Cook County was $2,500. This guy would file a separate suit for different facets of the same general case to boost the total above that limit.
(one notorious one, he sued a plumber
- for the fee he had paid,
- a second suit for damages to his house and subsequent cost to repair,
- a third for slander and libel because the plumber had called him a derogatory term in conversation with another customer (who signed an affidavit) plus the hapless plumber also mentioned the case in a letter to the better business bureau, calling the guy suing him a "f_ idiot" in response to the guy's complaint to the BBB.
As I recall, the plumber's attorney advised the plumber to settle out of court for an undisclosed sum.
Sometimes, the little guy CAN win, but it takes effort and fortitude, and, especially, patience, because it takes a long time for a case to wind through the courts to the point where the big guy finally relents.