Equipped To Survive Equipped To Survive® Presents
The Survival Forum
Where do you want to go on ETS?

Page 1 of 7 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 >
Topic Options
#16746 - 06/05/03 10:59 PM Aron Ralston Threatens Doug and ETS
Doug_Ritter Offline

Pooh-Bah

Registered: 01/28/01
Posts: 1966
Aron Ralston, who self-amputated his arm when he disregarded common sense safety precautions before heading off into the wilds, has threatened Equipped To Survive and Doug Ritter for use of his name on the ETS Web site. Get the details and read the absurd Cease and Desist Letter from his lawyer.

http://www.equipped.org/ralston_threatens_ets.htm

A reminder that this is a Family Friendly web site and that profanity and personal attacks on forum members are not acceptable. Let's keep the discussion of Aron Ralston on a civil level.
_________________________
Doug Ritter
Editor
Equipped To SurviveŽ
Chairman & Executive Director
Equipped To Survive Foundation
www.KnifeRights.org
www.DougRitter.com

Top
#16747 - 06/05/03 11:52 PM Re: Aron Ralston Threatens Doug and ETS
Comanche7 Offline
Addict

Registered: 07/04/02
Posts: 435
Loc: Florida
I'm amazed. In reading the forum thread and sundry commentary, I did not get the impression that you or ETS was selling PLB's, and I for one MOST CERTAINLY DID NOT GET THE IMPRESSION that you, ETS or the forum posters were trying to sell or gain from his self inflicted misfortune. My viewpoint is that it was simply a discussion about various news articles. If he did not want the publicity then he should not have put himself into the predicament in the first place.

If anything, the entire thread seemed to discuss the incident in much the same way as it would be spoken about after a coworker read the news article in the breakroom and commented on it while on break. I'll re-read the thread again to see if I missed some nuance, but IRRC there was not anyone of us standing to gain from his lack of preparedness.

Disclaimer> I am not a legal professional, nor do I want to be.<
My overall impression after reading the linked documents that you provided on this thread is that perhaps somebody is tired of chasing ambulances and decided to saber rattle.

Reading the threat letter makes one wonder what other exciting lawsuits this "lawyer" has threatened other folks / outfits with. Where there is smoke there is usually some fire.

If Aron really wanted to do something constructive with the experience, I would suggest writing a book about "the stupid thing that I did" in the hope of keeping others from doing the same.

I concur with the ETS stance on this saga and find it strange that someone with as much experience as he is ALLEGED to have would even speak with legal folks about starting such a frivolous suit.



Top
#16748 - 06/06/03 12:17 AM Re: Aron Ralston Threatens Doug and ETS
Doug_Ritter Offline

Pooh-Bah

Registered: 01/28/01
Posts: 1966
Thanks for your support. There are lots of issues involved, especially when public forums are hosted, but I am confident that we have not overstepped any reasonable bounds, there's no libel and lord knows we have no commercial interests that amount to a hill of beans. The entire assets of the Foundation wouldn't cover an hour of this lawyer's time. One cannot let bullies get away with this sort of thing, it would be the end of our freedoms. All we can do right now is spread the word and hope they come to their senses. <shrug>
_________________________
Doug Ritter
Editor
Equipped To SurviveŽ
Chairman & Executive Director
Equipped To Survive Foundation
www.KnifeRights.org
www.DougRitter.com

Top
#16749 - 06/06/03 12:33 AM Re: Aron Ralston Threatens Doug and ETS
frenchy Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/18/02
Posts: 1320
Loc: France
Is this for real or is it some kind of a joke, about lawyers, that I don't understand ???!!!! <img src="images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" />
_________________________
Alain

Top
#16750 - 06/06/03 12:39 AM Re: Aron Ralston Threatens Doug and ETS
Doug_Ritter Offline

Pooh-Bah

Registered: 01/28/01
Posts: 1966
Unfortunately, no joke. No legal system is perfect, and this is proof of that.
_________________________
Doug Ritter
Editor
Equipped To SurviveŽ
Chairman & Executive Director
Equipped To Survive Foundation
www.KnifeRights.org
www.DougRitter.com

Top
#16751 - 06/06/03 01:06 AM Re: Aron Ralston Threatens Doug and ETS
Anonymous
Unregistered


OK, you do something that grabs people's attention and they talk about it...

Am I missing something here?

BTW I just saw Elvis, but on second thought... I probably shouldn't say anything... just forget it... Mac

Top
#16752 - 06/06/03 01:18 AM Re: Aron Ralston Threatens Doug and ETS
Doug_Ritter Offline

Pooh-Bah

Registered: 01/28/01
Posts: 1966
A novel concept to be sure. <img src="images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" />
_________________________
Doug Ritter
Editor
Equipped To SurviveŽ
Chairman & Executive Director
Equipped To Survive Foundation
www.KnifeRights.org
www.DougRitter.com

Top
#16753 - 06/06/03 02:27 AM Re: Aron Ralston Threatens Doug and ETS
Hutch66 Offline
new member

Registered: 10/12/02
Posts: 148
Loc: Virginia, USA
I, for one, would have loved to have seen the look on this hot shot lawyer's face when he read your response, nicely done <img src="images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" />

I've met a lot of people who take themselves way too seriously, but this might take the cake.

And the countdown to me being sued for slander begins......NOW

Top
#16754 - 06/06/03 02:30 AM Re: Aron Ralston Threatens Doug and ETS
Doug_Ritter Offline

Pooh-Bah

Registered: 01/28/01
Posts: 1966
well, you'll be in good company, if I do say so myself <img src="images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />
_________________________
Doug Ritter
Editor
Equipped To SurviveŽ
Chairman & Executive Director
Equipped To Survive Foundation
www.KnifeRights.org
www.DougRitter.com

Top
#16755 - 06/06/03 02:31 AM Re: Aron Ralston Threatens Doug and ETS
Anonymous
Unregistered


And I thought "one-armed bandit" refered to Las Vegas-style slot machines.....

Top
Page 1 of 7 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 >



Moderator:  Alan_Romania, Blast, chaosmagnet, cliff 
March
Su M Tu W Th F Sa
1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31
Who's Online
2 registered (Russ, DaveL), 170 Guests and 3 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Newest Members
Janysboy, FlyerOne, galenSOM, milspecretail, jleeryan99
5276 Registered Users
Newest Posts
Where to discuss knife rights?
by Phaedrus
05:57 AM
Can't use it if you don't have it
by hikermor
03:56 AM
Customizing Your Medical Kit
by Jeanette_Isabelle
01:26 PM
Hazards we face - What are the odds?
by UncleGoo
06:58 AM
Bear Spray or Handgun in a Pack, are not Bear Spra
by chaosmagnet
03/19/19 01:37 PM
New portable Solar charger
by Russ
03/18/19 05:12 PM
To Build a Fire - Jack London
by hthomp
03/17/19 05:27 PM
Survival book borrowed in 1977 returned to Library
by Jeanette_Isabelle
03/17/19 02:40 AM
Newest Images
Tiny knife / wrench
Handmade knives
2"x2" Glass Signal Mirror, Retroreflective Mesh
Trade School Tool Kit
My Pocket Kit
Glossary
Test

WARNING & DISCLAIMER: SELECT AND USE OUTDOORS AND SURVIVAL EQUIPMENT, SUPPLIES AND TECHNIQUES AT YOUR OWN RISK. Information posted on this forum is not reviewed for accuracy and may not be reliable, use at your own risk. Please review the full WARNING & DISCLAIMER about information on this site.