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    [–] ULPT: If you're locked in a gym contract, at LA Fitness, and maybe other major gyms, and don't want to pay the termination penalty. Simply update your billing info to a gift card that has at lease a $1 balance. When they try to charge your monthly balance, it will get declined. jhinz03 1 points ago in UnethicalLifeProTips

    I mentioned in another comment that I just settled one a month or so back for around $1200 indemnity and $6k in fees, plus my firms flat fee per the agreement. The guy one door down just came across one where the demand before fees was $1k. Florida is pretty liberal with attorneys fees, at least in first party property cases, so maybe I'm just assuming fees will be awarded, since they always are here. It's not a guarantee here, but it's a guarantee.

    [–] ULPT: If you're locked in a gym contract, at LA Fitness, and maybe other major gyms, and don't want to pay the termination penalty. Simply update your billing info to a gift card that has at lease a $1 balance. When they try to charge your monthly balance, it will get declined. jhinz03 1 points ago in UnethicalLifeProTips

    Most probably, but a lot of these companies have flat fee arrangements with the law firms that have a small fee unless the case goes to trial. In this case, the focus is to settle early to keep the fees low and maximize profits for both the client and firm. The small handful that actually make it that far are a hit, but it works out on the plus side in the end.

    I do defense work now, and recently settled a case that was around $1200 in indemnity and around $6k in fees. We were paid our regular $5k fee that covers everything up to trial. In all, the client spent a little over $12k, most of which went to attorneys.

    Collections only really makes sense if you have a ton of cases to send them, as they typically pay pennies on the dollar for them, since they'll usually settle them really low as well. In the above case, I think their initial invoice was around $2k. A collection agency probably would've paid less than $100 for it. Instead, they got $1200. Now, if they have several thousand cases, selling them to collections might have made sense to get paid now rather than waiting months or years for litigation to pay out. It's all a trade off.

    [–] ULPT: If you're locked in a gym contract, at LA Fitness, and maybe other major gyms, and don't want to pay the termination penalty. Simply update your billing info to a gift card that has at lease a $1 balance. When they try to charge your monthly balance, it will get declined. jhinz03 1 points ago in UnethicalLifeProTips

    As I said, I'm in a different field. Our cases are normally in the $80-300k range, so $40-70k in fees isn't absurd, and often includes multiple attorneys and a lot of experts. We also often have to fly in witnesses, which adds up. I wouldn't imagine breaching a gym contract would be that much, but it wouldn't be cheap to go to trial over either. Before I was in my current area, my firm won somewhere around $20k in fees on a $2500 judgment, and that was a federal judge who awarded it on an otherwise simple case.

    [–] ULPT: If you're locked in a gym contract, at LA Fitness, and maybe other major gyms, and don't want to pay the termination penalty. Simply update your billing info to a gift card that has at lease a $1 balance. When they try to charge your monthly balance, it will get declined. jhinz03 4 points ago in UnethicalLifeProTips

    It's very worth it, as the risk is fairly low. Most of them have attorney's fees provisions in the contract, which essentially means that when you eventually lose, you have to pay their fees. Depending on your location, that could be anywhere from $200-500 per hour.

    Taking a case from initial client intake through discovery generally takes around 10-15 hours. You'll be deposed, and likely so will their corporate representative, so figure around 2 hours for each, plus anywhere from 3-4 hours of prep time for each. You're up to 27 hours or so at this point.

    There will likely be several hearings in the mean time. It gets tricky there, as how much time is billed can depend on how far that attorney's office is from the courthouse (I usually bill it out at 0.9 hours each way), and also where you get called during the motion calendar (a judge will typically set anywhere from 10-40 hearing at a time, so an attorney may be there for 10 minutes or two hours. The entire time is billable).

    If the case goes to trial, figure on around a week or so for trial prep, so around 40-50 hours. An issue like a simple breach of contract is likely a 2-3 day trial, so there's another 16-24 hours. I'm in a major city and do contract work, albeit in a different field. We bill right on the local average and generally figure around $40-70k in fees, depending on how complicated the case is and whether or not we have to get experts involved. That's for one side. You're also paying your own attorney's fees on top.

    It is absolutely worth it for the attorneys involved, and very low risk for LA Fitness as the breach is fairly obvious. If there is some sort of defense to the breach that may actually work, it will likely come out fairly quickly in discovery or even before, and they'll voluntarily dismiss. They may be out a small amount of fees, but then so are you (you don't get your fees if they dismiss, only if you win at trial).

    Source: Am attorney.

    [–] B&C M40 style stock jhinz03 4 points ago in longrange

    I had one years ago on an R700 action and loved it. The barreled action dropped right in and fit great. Did the work on my dining table.

    [–] A woman with fat pride is like a man with poverty pride jhinz03 17 points ago in MeanJokes

    Why do fat girls girls give good head?

    Because they have to

    [–] A butterfly in Miami [D750, 85mm f/2.8 D] jhinz03 2 points ago in Nikon

    Lies! We don't even have those in Miami! We have coladas and cocaine! Like the shot though. I was looking at that lens at a small shop in Bradenton, since I'm somewhat of persona non grata at the local shop lol.

    [–] thats not what 6 weeks of pregnancy looks like, this is straight up manipulation jhinz03 8 points ago in badwomensanatomy

    My wife is currently six weeks pregnant, and you'd never know looking at her. This is a crock.

    [–] What sequel to a film do you feel is better than the original? jhinz03 1 points ago in AskReddit

    Not sure how The Searchers didn't make this list yet, but that's a great one. John Wayne's performance there was far better than in True Grit, which is the film that won him the Oscar, although that felt more like a career achievement award that anything having to do with True Grit.

    [–] Infowarrior Needs a Lawyer jhinz03 2 points ago in InfowarriorRides

    His Facebook page is a goldmine

    [–] WTH? jhinz03 2 points ago in Miami

    Hemingway was a little on the looney side too, he just happened to be right on that one. Still couldn't write female characters to save his life though. Good taste in rum.

    [–] WTH? jhinz03 7 points ago in Miami

    Oh, he's definitely nuts. Check the FB page there. He's kind of all over the place there and thinks the CIA is following him.

    [–] WTH? jhinz03 2 points ago in Miami

    That Facebook page is a goldmine.

    [–] USA! USA! USA! jhinz03 3 points ago in LateStageCapitalism

    I'm an attorney making pretty good money for a first year in my market. My firm pays most of my insurance (all but $70/month), but my deductible is over $6k, and the insurance doesn't pay a dime until then. To add my wife would've been almost $800/month. We were luckily able to get her onto an ACA plan that is only $350/month with a low deductible of $2000, and it actually pays almost 80% before that. Thank god we did too, because we just found out she's pregnant with our first. Now if only we could find an ob/gyn that took the plan...

    [–] I had never tried archery before, alcohol may have been a factor. jhinz03 1 points ago in HadToHurt

    Right? Lol Ive managed to avoid it on my bow, but the very time my friend shot it, he got whacked good. The bow was set to a 70lbs draw at the time, although it was actually likely less due to a shorter draw length. He made that mistake exactly once lol.

    [–] Just bought a used D3.. oh my.. jhinz03 5 points ago in Nikon

    My D2x finally died last year and I switched to a Z. I love the Z and definitely use it a lot more bc of how light it is, but would definitely pick up a D5 if I had the funds.

    [–] Life saving Autopulse machine jhinz03 1 points ago in specializedtools

    That was the idea, but it didn't actually work that way. It's less effective, and it didn't actually make people more likely to perform cpr on a stranger, so they just dropped it.

    [–] Life saving Autopulse machine jhinz03 1 points ago in specializedtools

    I think the reasoning behind going to it in the first place was that people weren't starting cpr bc they didn't wanna do mouth to mouth, so it was an effort to get more people performing cpr when needed, but it just never panned out. Not 100% sure though.

    [–] Life saving Autopulse machine jhinz03 1 points ago in specializedtools

    They are generally no longer teaching hands only CPR. I was a CPR instructor a few years back, and they had quit teaching it by the time I became an instructor around 2013.

    [–] Customer asks, how bad is it? jhinz03 2 points ago in Justrolledintotheshop

    I'm no engineer, but I don't think some of those bits are supposed to be on the floor. Could be wrong though tbh.