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Best Buy lawyer falsifies e-mails, memo

Best Buy can now add "faking two e-mails and a memo" to its list of legal problems. A lawyer working for the company confessed his indiscretion, potentially putting Best Buy on the hook for millions of dollars in damages in a class-action lawsuit that was filed back in 2003. 老域名购买

The plaintiffs claim that Best Buy routinely signed new computer owners up for MSN trials without permission. When the trial period expired, customer credit cards were charged. Microsoft is also a party to the case, as the plaintiffs allege that it failed to act after receiving numerous complaints.

All pretty standard class-action stuff, so far. But one of the company's main attorneys in the case, Timothy Block, has just thrown a spanner into the works by admitting that he falsified two e-mails and one internal memo, according to the Associated Press. The changes were (one suspects) designed to make Best Buy look better, though few details are available. Block claims that the alterations were made solely at his discretion, and that no one at his firm or at Best Buy was aware of what he had done.

Faking evidence doesn't sit well with judges, and the judge in this case might simply issue a default judgment against Best Buy. If that happens, the company would owe millions of dollars to the affected class, and Microsoft would be off the hook.

The bizarre story comes shortly after allegations that Best Buy used a high-tech version of the old bait and switch to cheat consumers out of discounts. The company was also sued a year ago by Winternals, a software developer that accused Best Buy's Geek Squad of using an expensive piece of diagnostic software across the country without bothering to pay for a license.

Take together, the three cases suggest that there's something in the water at the company's Twin Cities headquarters… and that consumers might not want to drink from the Best Buy fountain. But the company has done at least one thing for the customer—it has worked to eliminate the dreaded mail-in rebate. That's small consolation, though, for customers who believe that Best Buy intentionally ripped them off.


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