Rick Eber: Knowing Right from Wrong

Aug 2, 2013

EDITOR’S NOTE: This post came in from Rick Eber in answer to Jerry Sherk’s comments on our Monday Morning Chuckle post – click HERE to read first.
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Hausfeld you're fired
Jerry,
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I agree with your thinking. Good call.
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Let me see if I understand correctly.
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Bob Stein and Tom Ward work for the original Dryer plaintiffs. Like their clients, they oppose the settlement supporting the opt-out option. Because the court might approve the settlement, Bob and Tom need to submit their fees along with supporting documents or they won’t get paid for years of work. This means that Bob and Tom actually don’t want to get paid unless they are forced to do so by the courts. Fact is, Bob and Tom are willing to delay payment of their legal fees by opposing the settlement. And Hausfeld sees this as being – my word: two-faced. Makes you wonder!
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Bob and Tom are actually working against their own financial interests by opposing the settlement. Talk about commitment. How many of us would fight to delay and actually run the risk of losing a million plus for a “fairness principle” and retired teammates?
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If this settlement is forced upon Bob and Tom, they still deserve to be paid for their work like any other good attorney!
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“Like any other good attorney” is an interesting notion. I ask myself, what would Hausfeld do if they were in the same situation as Bob and Tom? For example: The concussion settlement team reaches an agreement with the NFL that Hausfeld believes is unfair and inappropriate; consequently, Hausfeld opposes the settlement just like Bob and Tom. In following this example, I would certainly then expect Hausfeld to NOT submit his million-plus fees to the court just as they are criticizing Bob and Tom for doing now. Fair? Or does anyone believe the Hausfeld firm would be considered – what’s that word? – hypocritical by submitting their legal fees to the court even though they oppose the settlement… just like Bob and Tom?
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In this example, if Hausfeld hypocritically asked the court for fees, would they “take credit” by giving the court a list of contributions they made to the settlement effort to justify their fees? I would think yes, just as Bob and Tom need to do.  Or would Hausfeld submit the request for fees to the court without any “take credit” evidence of contribution to the settlement and expect the court to approve? If the answer is yes, we have no chance in the concussion litigation!
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The real answer is simple: Bob and Tom don’t want this deal but they deserve payment even if it’s settled against their will and they need to be properly compensated for their contribution to the case. Hausfeld would certainly do the same. This is a legal process trap for Bob and Tom that Hausfeld is manipulating in their “newsletter” thing that is more propaganda than legitimate communication, in my humble opinion. End of story. Period!
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This attack on Bob and Tom is a Hausfeld canard that wreaks of hypocrisy and sophism!
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What’s scary? This is the critical thinking-power of a law firm I once considered to represent me in the concussion litigation lawsuit! When asked, I would not recommend any firm that attacks an alumni brother to anyone. If they give us up this easily on the NFL Films lawsuit, I can only imagine how quickly they’ll sell us out on our concussion lawsuits!
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Rick-EberTake care, Jerry!
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Rick Eber
Falcons, Chargers
1968 – 1972
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One Response so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Ed White
    August 7th, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

    Ed White

    Brothers of the Mystic Lodge,

    I am so disgusted with attorneys the likes of Hausfield and Zimmerman. They see an opportunity to milk  the retired players by cutting a backroom deal that only benefits them and the NFL – it reeks of collusion. Not only do they want to encourage the retired players to settle but these guys write this bogus newsletter from a make-believe retired players’ association. Now they want to control us for the rest of our lives. Who do these people think they are? We cannot stand for this. The wool is so thin, you can see right through it!

    As for the shots at Bob Stein and Tom Ward who are working for all of us: I have known Bob since 1969. He’s one of the most honorable, straightforward and loyal friends a man could have. A dear friend and ex-teammate, John Henry Ward, told me the week he passed that a man only needs a good dog, a good woman and one good friend. Bob Stein would be that one good friend you would want!

    Bob and Tom have worked their fannies off for four years. They have never wanted to settle for an easy paycheck.

    We the Original Six Plaintiffs in this case have NEVER had discussions about money. I want no more than what ANY of my other NFL brothers will get. Knowing the other plaintiffs like I do, my guess is they feel the same.

    Let’s stay strong and united as the recent vote shows. There is ZERO in this if you do not oppose this deal.

    Thanks,
    Ed White
    17-year NFL Vet
    Minnesota Vikings, San Diego Chargers
    1969 – 1985