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The courtroom conflagration over Redbox’s “late fees” has dragged another rental chain into the fray. Laurie Piechur’s attorneys have served Blockbuster with a discovery subpoena requesting that BB turn over meeting minutes, drafts and other internal communications regarding its NCR-operated Blockbuster Express kiosks.

Not surprisingly, Blockbuster has filed a motion countering Piechur’s request, stating that it has nothing to do with the lawsuit and should not have to comply with the plaintiff’s demands. From the motion:

“There is no mention of the Blockbuster Express program in [Piechur’s] complaint . . . Her requests are amazingly overbroad, particularly for non-party discovery. In short, Plaintiff Piechur’s subpoena is nothing more than a fishing expedition through the corporate files of a non-party with no conceivable connection to the claims at issue in her case . . . This fishing expedition would expose Blockbuster to serious competitive harm, forcing it to produce sensitive business information in litigation involving a direct competitor,”

At what point does this case cross the line from “frivolous” to “ridiculous”, Insiders? Would Redbox be better off just settling to get Piechur and company off its back, or should it spend the time and resources to fight this suit to the bitter end?

(via The St. Clair Record)

39 Responses to “Redbox Class Action Suit Plaintiff Subpoenas Blockbuster”

  1. Visitor [Join Now]
    Farva [visitor]

    This is just getting out of hand now. It needs to just be dropped and the woman who started it all sent to a deserted island.

  2. Visitor [Join Now]
    John Small [visitor]

    It was stupid before and is apparently getting more stupid by the day.

    Cut a deal Redbox! You made a mistake using the term “No Late Fees”. Take your lumps and move on.

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      ben [visitor]

      cut a deal,come on man “no late fees” they dont charge late fees it plainly says before you even start with redbox, IF YOU DON’T RETURN BY 9:00 PM ON THE NEXT DAY YOU WILL BE CHARGED ANOTHER $1.08 TO RENT IT AGAIN PLAIN AND SIMPLE, YOUR JUST LIKE Laurie Piechur

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        John Small [visitor]

        It is a late fee. Redbox will lose if it goes to court. They should settle.

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          The Situation [visitor]

          I thought you said you were going to stop being stupid John? Why would they settle now if they haven’t already?

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            John Small [visitor]

            To save money, of course.

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            pootroot [visitor]

            Hey, I was wondering where you have been. You usually add some stupid remark to almost everyones responses. Glad you are back so I can get a good laugh again.

          • Visitor [Join Now]
            The Situation [visitor]

            His post was after 10 pm the same night. You want to tell us you don’t have a financial stake in things? Either you are a total loser or just full of crap about your bias.

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            John Small [visitor]

            Youse guys is funnies. Or just stupid. Either way you are irrelevant. Feel free to make yourselves look dumber than you already are while I provide the facts.

          • Visitor [Join Now]
            The Situation [visitor]

            You admitted to being dumb below, and “Youse” isn’t a word. Luckily I’m only irrelevant to you, which I am perfectly fine with. On the other hand you J.S. are irrelevant to everyone who comments here, everyone hates you and your comments, you always get more thumbs down then up, and you always thumbs down any comments others make, quite frankly I know where you can shove your thumb! Pootroot is right on, you are a joke, and your comments are hilarious, especially because you’ve convinced yourself that they are facts on your little island. Being a security guard retiree at Alcatraz isn’t too impressive these days.

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            rb [visitor]

            Well, I for one wouldn’t say I HATE you John Small.. HATE is such a strong word–not a word one should easily toss around. I’m more ‘disappointed’ in you. Enough time has passed on this website that you COULD HAVE reinvented/transformed yourself into the person who only YOU think you are: that is an intelligent, refined, non-bias gentleman. Hasn’t happened yet!!! By the way John, you do realize, as I recall, one year ago this month you stated on this site that Redbox was so unsustainable as a poor business model that it would fold and cease to exist within the year. That hasn’t happened either! Quite the opposite in fact! Facts, only facts :-)

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            John Small [visitor]

            Didn’t realize it was a popularity contest Sitch. Sorry that you think it is. That might be your problem.

            RB, why this talk of hate?

            RB, ask yourself this. Is the business model from 1 year ago the same as it now?

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            Firstlawofnature [visitor]

            ‘Is the business model from 1 year ago the same as it now?’

            Is Bill Clinton’s advisor coaching you? You got called out on one of your predictions of Redbox’s imminent demise and you’ve transformed it into a prediction of a changed business model. Guess you can’t be wrong now as every business is by definition is different a year later. There could be more employees, new goals, different execs etc.

            What are your current predictions for Redbox? Somehow I can’t imagine you see the company prospering in any way.

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            John Small [visitor]

            If they start charging higher prices then they might last a little longer than BB.

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            firstlawofnature [visitor]

            BB lasted what 25 years? I’ll take that.

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            John Small [visitor]

            Was that a sense of humor FLON? Well done!

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    Rational [visitor]

    The case had become ridiculous a long time ago. But whoever says that RedBox should settle to end it all is missing the point. Enough of fleecing the nation with frivolous lawsuits that “should be settled”, thus only making lawyers wealthy. It is the judge who should throw out the case as any reasonable person can see that there have never been any “late fees” involved in this.

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    rb [visitor]

    Interesting to note that I just had to call Redbox because dvd I got yesterday and went to watch today kept freezing/had scratch. During the wait time for rep to answer (around 1 minute only!) that prerecorded Redbox message was playing and message still states ‘no late fees’ . Agree with Rational in that whoever says Redbox should just settle is missing the point–The point being that Redbox made no mistake/false claims because their rental agreement is clear that you will be charged a daily ‘rental’ fee for each day you ‘choose’ to ‘keep’ the dvd. Again, when you side with the plaintiff in such ‘stupid’ lawsuits you are in fact blaming the true victim of the lawsuit. No different than blaming the victim of a rape for her own rape by stating/suggesting if she hadn’t been wearing a mini skirt the rapist wouldn’t have been compelled to rape her. Total blame for this ‘stupid’ lawsuit lies with Laurie P and anyone willing to support her in any way.

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    kimrd

    I have rented dvd’s from redbox that had scratches on them and some of them would not play so I just called them and told them what was wrong with the dvd and why I could not watch it or what ever and they gave me a free code and told me to return it and they would take it out of the box. If I return a dvd in after 9pm I will be charged. what is the problem with that woman theres always someone out there that is a money hungry butt hole. People we are getting movies for $1.00 compared to 3.99 and up what else can we ask for. Leave red box alone and find something to do with your life.

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    starman15317

    Oh, this woman makes me mad. The case was stupid when it started but now it’s at the point where the judge and Redbox (and BB Express) should tell this woman to F off

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    bikerchik26 [visitor]

    I’d have to agree this states it all & say no more: “you will be charged a daily ‘rental’ fee for each day you ‘choose’ to ‘keep’ the dvd” if the woman can’t read then she should be @ school or the library not renting entertainment videos!
    and just a note, sorry but the rapist comment is a little off, we know it doesn’t matter who, what or how a woman(or man) is dressed – just yesterday I heard an 86 yr old woman was raped…rape is about control & obviously a very very very sick mind…mini-skirts or not. Although we all get what you were getting at! sorry I’m sure you’ve been bashed enough for using that one ;0

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      rb [visitor]

      My point is to put the blame for the lawsuit where due–on Laurie P’s irresponsibility . That’s all this lawsuit is: an excuse for Laurie P’s irresponsibility because she forgot to return dvds when she didn’t want to keep/rent them–and then BLAMING Redbox for her own irresponsibility. No different than if a husband beats up his wife because he says there was still a wrinkle in his shirt after she ironed it. If I were on the jury I’m not one to then side/excuse the husband’s poor/irresponsible behavior by saying, “Well, there was still one wrinkle left….” Again, put the blame for irresponsible/poor behavior where due/own up–and don’t make excuses! That’s my point. Now the plaintiff’s team is trying to subpoena BlockbusterExpress,… and for what? To try to find something with BBExpress that will help provide an ‘excuse’ for Laurie P’s own irresponsibility? Ridiculous! Now BBExpress will have to fork out money to fight being part of this ridiculous lawsuit.

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    robertjordansr

    I am new to all this but it seems as if we as a people can not leave well enough alone. As kimrd and bikerchik26 say it doesn’t get any better than this for a buck and reading is fundamental.

    I will try all of the codes that I can and report back on my progress.

    Peace

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    ben [visitor]

    REDBOX ,KEEP YOUR CHIN UP AND FIGHT IT TO THE END,MAKE HER PAY FOR HER STUPIDITY AND BAN HER AND ANYBODY ELSE THAT THINKS LIKE HER SHOULD GO ELSE WHERE TO RENT, YOUR A GREAT COMPANY, THANK YOU FOR MAKING THINGS BETTER FOR PEOPLE TO BE ABLE TO RENT AT A DECENT PRICE,THE BIG COMPANIES SHOULD BE ASHAMED ABOUT THEMSELVES

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    Sharie [visitor]

    Does anyone have a free redbox code?

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    JMark [visitor]

    It is important that redbox fight this to the bitter end. Maybe if some of these bloodsucking lawyers would invest the time and resources on those cases out of their own pockets and see that these companies are not buckling to the “it costs less to settle” mentality then these goofy suits would stop.

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    bellashere [visitor]

    when you sign up you agree the the rental being returned by 9pm. If not, an additional rental fee being adding to the bill.
    So, you sign a contract stating you understand and agree. Even if it was done electronically. I checked the box , didn’t you?

    Where’s the misrepresentation?

    bellashere

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    Lynn [visitor]

    I just started using RB and it was crystal clear to me that I’d be charged an additional rental fee for each day I kept it past 9pm the day following rental. People with law suits like this have too much time (and money) on their hands! The judge should throw the suit out! And ideally, if he could send her to some situation that is ‘really’ in need of attention ie: natural disasters, homelessness, child abuse, he could possibly teach this woman a lesson (but I doubt it).

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    Anne Cooper [visitor]

    It is time to just settle the case because it is a nusicince suit. but she does have a point butsince Rdbox only charges the amount for a daily rental it is really not a late fee. A late fee would be a portion or a much large amount than the daily rental fee. It can be construed both ways. A Late fee and a daily rental fee. Settle the case and get onto other projects that have been delayed due to this useless suit. Just pay her off but DO NOT admit to the second days rental fee being a late fee.

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    The Situation [visitor]

    Notice he uses “Often” and not “Always” which means its not a fact either way he put it.

    • Visitor [Join Now]
      John Small [visitor]

      You really do not know how to use a dictionary do you Sitch. I am starting to feel sorry for you.

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        The Situation [visitor]

        Oh, this guy with the dictionary insults, haven’t seen that one before. I am correct again, “often” is not a word that can be used in a factual tone. The Yankees are often the team to beat in the AL East, so does that mean they win the division every year? You are correct on one thing, this is not a popularity contest, but when you are on here after 9 PM on a Saturday night, its a reflection on the sad realities of your real life.

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          John Small [visitor]

          Oh Sitch. Do you really not understand how it works?

          You said using “often” made it non-factual. Yet in your example for “often” you used a fact.

          Try harder or just stick to dancing.