I have been served with a lawsuit from SEI for 2 counts of product disparagement concerning my hearsay comments about their receiver delays.
Mark Twain is attributed in saying: “Never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel.” meaning do not try to fight the media since they have the loudest & widest reach. I will grant you that my slogan is not quite as catchy, but reflects the reality of our modern internet world.
According to the thread in the M14 forum, the gentleman in question has been sued by Smith Enterprises Inc. for comments he made in the forum about a product and/or quality and/or etc. I have no knowledge if the accusations on both sides are right or wrong or tepid, but SEI made a bonehead movement by involving lawyers in comments made in a forum..and a gun forum to boot where people are not too fond of tort lawyers. So far the forum member has garnered all the sympathy and the word of the lawsuit is slowly crawling to other forums and making it to the gun blogs. This does not bode well to SEI and they should remember that Jim Zumbo wrote what he thought was an innocuous line on a Friday and he was out of the job and sponsors by Sunday night on the sheer power of gun owners spreading the word and contacting those who needed to be contacted.
Although it may not have been the intention, the use of lawyers makes SEI look like they are trying to hide and at the same time, silencing by legal strong-arming this individual. This has already been seen as a cowardly maneuver and it is gonna take 100 times more effort to counter it than if they decided to leave it alone or just simply make a strong statement in the forum countering (very politely) the original post.