These “David versus Goliath” battles were won against the likes of ATT, Honda and others, without resorting to lawyers. The plaintiffs paid minor filing fees, gathered their own research and presented arguments in quick hearings that resemble the average Judge Judy episode.
And now, thanks to the Internet, these victors are connecting with other consumers in hopes of helping them replicate their successes. If the practice catches on, it could amount to a big bucks difference in payouts by these giant corporations.
“It is a significant undertaking,” says Heather Peters of Los Angeles, who sued Honda because her Civic Hybrid didn’t meet its claims for gas mileage. She won $9,867 last month.
“But with the Internet, it’s a whole different world,” said Peters, a former lawyer who just reactivated her license. “It just takes one
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Dunham’s videos — featuring him and an assortment of characters including Peanut, Walter the curmudgeon and Achmed, the Dead Terrorist — are widely viewed on YouTube, where they have been seen in total more than 500 million times. His most popular, featuring him and Achmed, has nearly 150 million views.
Dunham says the videos help him sell out concerts. This week he’ll appear in Wichita Falls, Texas; Little Rock, Ark., and Springfield, Mo.
The comic/ventriloquist is also a major tech geek, who collects Apple computers and cars, including the Batmobile used in the film Batman Returns. We met him at a warehouse in Los Angeles, where he houses his toys.
Finding his audience on YouTube
“It was a perfect storm of
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The iPhone: The one and only
When people talk about something “on the iPhone” they’re usually referring to a feature of the iPhone’s software, known as iOS. Unlike other smartphones, there’s really just one iPhone, though older versions of the same phone do exist. Apple is also on-point about keeping its devices up to speed on the same software, so it’s way less confusing across the board than Android. Apple’s current generation of iPhone is the iPhone 4S, and before that we had the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and so on. While there’s just one (current) iPhone, you can buy it in black or white, and you can choose how much storage space to spring for.
The many faces of Android
The term Android refers to both Google’s mobile operating system as well as any device running Android. This gets tricky: some Verizon Android phones are branded as “Droids”
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An estimated 10 million pets in America go missing every year, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Losing a pet can be a traumatic and painful experience. Tagg, a GPS tracking device that attaches to Fido’s collar, aims to help you find your pup. Made by Snaptracs, a subsidiary of Qualcomm, Tagg instantly notifies owners via email or text messages when their canine companions wander outside a designated safe zone (eg. home, dog park or the morning walk route). When Tagg was first introduced last summer, it came with a $200 price tag, which included a year of the pet tracking service. In January, the device underwent a slight redesign to better secure Tagg to the collar and also came with a new price point: $99.95, which includes a complimentary month of pet tracking, normally $7.95 per month.
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