Frequently Asked Questions
What If I Did Not Receive The Complaint I Ordered or Did Not Receive Download Instructions?Answer:Complaints are not sent automatically, even after you have paid for them. Instead, you will receive an e-mail containing download instructions by an electronic e-mail. If you did not receive the e-mail containing download instructions, be sure to check your Spam Filter and/or your mail service - some are set to reject electronic messages - yours may be one of them. If so, you will not receive the download instructions in your normal e-mail. Again, be sure to check your "Spam" folder and/or your "Trash" folder to see if the download instructions have ended up there before you contact us. Next, if you did not find the download instructions then contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Next, if you have not received download instructions or the PDF of the Complaint within 24 hours, fax us at (615) 255-6289 making sure to include the Case Number (e.g. C-1234) that you have ordered and include your phone and fax number.
How can I purchase reports if I am not a member of PayPal?Answer: You do not have to have a PayPal account to make online purchases with your major credit card or bank check. PayPal simply acts as our payment processor. We use PayPal because they are the largest and most trusted payment processor in the online community. PayPal members have the additional payment option of making an account transfer instead of using credit cards or checks.
Why should I want a Complaint in a newly-filed lawsuit?Answer: Because journalists need to talk to the lawyer who filed the case, they need to know who filed the lawsuit and what it's about. By reading the actual Complaint, a journalist better understands the dispute and can ask the right questions. Journalists get inside information quickly this way.
Who else uses your service?Lawyers, private investigators, stock market analysts, and laymen. Lawyers use the service so that can copy the language of a Complaint in their own lawsuit (it saves time) and they learn the name of other lawyers who have filed similar suits. Lawyers frequently share information with each other, especially when they have the same defendant such as Wal-Mart. This enables them to anticipate defenses the other side will raise and how it is likely to obstruct the plaintiff getting to the truth. For example, in slip-and-fall cases involving Wal-Mart the videotapes of the incident are frequently "lost" by Wal-Mart. Stock market analysts use us to "check out" recent litigation involving companies they are studying. Let's say the company is involved in a lawsuit with a former employee. Sometimes this is an early warning sign of troubles in the company. Likewise, if the company has been sued by vendors - or has suits pending, that's another sign of possible trouble. Private investigators (paralegals and legal assistants) use us to gather information about similar cases. They are the arms and legs of law firms. Again, if a private investigator can find three or four cases involving the same thing, such as a defective product this is good ammunition to use before a jury.
What if I need more information than just the Complaint?We can help with that. Send us an e-mail. But we suggest you use the Online Public Record Experts (www.brbpub.com) to locate a local service (or person) who can actually go to the court house and get the records. Expect to pay at least fifty dollars. Don't expect the staff at the Clerk's Office of the appropriate federal district court to help you. These offices are overwhelmed already and have faced budget cutbacks in recent years. They just don't have enough people available to get what you want, or if they do, it will take a long, long time to get it. Remember, the actual cost of what you want will be fifty cents per page, prepaid.
How Often Is Wal-Mart Sued?Wal-Mart is sued two to five times every business day somewhere in the United States in federal court alone. One of the goals of the Wal-Mart Litigation Project is to obtain a photocopy (or e-mail copy) of each actual lawsuit filed against Wal-Mart, called a Complaint or Petition. These filings become part of the information we sell to lawyers. In this manner, a lawyer with a specific type of case, e.g., falling merchandise, can contact lawyers in his or her geographical area and work together on matters of proof, discovery, expert witnesses and the like. In 1999 Wal-Mart was sued about 845 times in cases that were filed in or removed to federal court. In 2008 this number exceeded 1,100.
What Is the Average Verdict Against Wal-Mart?Sorry, we do not know the "average" verdict against Wal-Mart. It's doubtful that this data can ever be assembled. Collecting reliable and complete information on verdicts against Wal-Mart would entail monitoring trials in each of the thousand county courthouses and federal courts, and impossible task. The second problem is determining what is meant by "average." Does it mean taking all the verdicts - including the many defense verdicts - adding them together and getting an "average?" Or does it mean averaging only the cases were plaintiffs win? There is no agreement on this and the Wal-Mart Litigation Project will stay away from reporting so-called "average" verdicts. The most informative way of looking at verdicts is to consider a range of verdicts. We can supply all the verdicts we have on a certain type of claim such as falling merchandise. It will include every plaintiff's verdict. There may be cases with a verdict of $2,800 as well as verdicts over $100,000. You will find no larger collection of cases against Wal-Mart than the collection of the Wal-Mart Litigation Project. We urge you to look at defense verdicts too.
How Much Does Your Information Cost?You can purchase a PDF of a Complaint in an actual lawsuit against Wal-Mart for only $10 or appellate decisions for only $5. See the category lists (called a taxonomy) on the "Search/Purchase Cases" page, or read the "Case Types" page.
Disclaimer NoticeThe Wal-Mart Litigation Project has no affiliation with Wal-Mart (Walmart) itself.
The Wal-Mart Litigation Project is solely coordinated by Lewis L. Laska and has no affiliation with any other organization, institution or entity.
It has no affiliation with the company whose headquarters is in Bentonville, Arkansas and operates under the trade names Walmart,Wal-Mart, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Wal-Mart Associates Inc., Wal-Mart Discount Stores, Wal-Mart Stores East, Inc., Sam's Club, Sam's Wholesale Club, Sam's Club Members Only, Sam's Club We Mean Business, Sam's Club Membership Warehouse for Business and other companies related to Wal-Mart, or Claims Management Inc., Wal-Mart's captive insurer.
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