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Readers Respond: We’ve Been Sued

Results of an HBSDealer poll question suggest an frivolous lawsuits are rampant.

BY HBSDealer Staff

HBSDealer asked readers: “Has your business ever been targeted by an unjustified lawsuit, or the threat of an unjustified lawsuit?” And the vast majority answered, “Yes.”

With about 100 votes cast, 75% responded, “Yes,” while 17% responded, “No.” Another 8% were not interested in the topic.

Meanwhile, the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association is fighting to protect dealers from frivolous and unjustified lawsuits.

Here’s what the Washington, D.C.-based association says in its latest policy agenda: “NLBMDA supports efforts that limit frivolous lawsuits and that penalize those who file baseless claims as a means to extract settlements from innocent parties.”

[Read the NLBMDA’s full position on “Legal Reform” here.]

Jimmy Pate, president of the Lumbermen’s Association of Texas Board of Directors and President of Pate’s Hardware, Inc. recently promoted legal reforms in Texas with a group of like-minded dealers. “These reforms would not only help stop frivolous claims, they will help Texas dealers and suppliers potentially avoid the significant cost and time involved with certain lawsuits.”

And round the industry, the horror story of the unjustified lawsuit haunts many  hardware and building supply dealers.

The latest HBSDealer poll question seeks to add some clarity to the extent of the problem. It asks: “Has your business ever been targeted with an unjustified lawsuit, or the threat of an unjustified lawsuit?”

The litigation-related poll remains open on the right side of the screen (or scroll down your mobile device).

As always, HBSDealer invites your extended comments. Let us know your experience with this topic. Write us at [email protected]

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