what would you do!!!!

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  1. gremlinsteve

    gremlinsteve Well-Known Member

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    to start off this story, which is kinda long and filled with drama, i will start by saying that i consider myself as honest as anyone can get.

    its how i was raised and held myself my entire life.

    recently in my life i owned/operated a shop. building hemi's for the likes of john hennessy to name a few others.

    i have a exclusive line on cam lobes ect for these build i use. my design/ intellectual property.

    recently these scumbags have been discovered using my name with pictures of my parts on there websights selling items that i do not even supply them.

    this came to light after people starting having issues with parts that they thought where mine. after contacting us it was found that they where inferior copies made by a competitor no less and that through texting and emails it appears that they are stupid enough to have eluded to the truth. there copying my stuff to make profit.

    well..currently under texas penal code 31.05 i think i am covered.

    here is a question....what would you do?


    steve-o
     
  2. carolinadoug

    carolinadoug Member

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    Steve,

    Do you have a granted patent for the design? If so you should have very little trouble pursuing them for damages, however the process is slow. If you do not have a granted patent it would be unlikely you would be awarded damages but you should be able to get a "cease and desist" order to stop them from using your name and pictures.

    At the very least I would go on the offensive (as you have here) and be sure to notify everyone you can that these parts are not legitimate. Post this info on other Mopar related forums and drop a line to the magazines and any retailers that might sell the products to make them aware of the situation.

    Hope this helps and good luck!

    Doug
     
  3. Pastortom1

    Pastortom1 Well-Known Member

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    If you do NOT hold their feet to the fire, then you nearly guarantee someone else will fall prey to the same scam all over again down the road.

    Let the law handle it to the fullest extent allowed, so that they won't perpetrate the same on others.
     
  4. Sonny Black

    Sonny Black FBBO Gold Member FBBO Gold Member

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    I always "mail" myself (insideout) my plans & or drawings , so my dates are
    postmark!!!

    pictures, next to news paper...with date...etc............

    you will have to have $ for attorney fees....

    the very best of luck to you

    this has happened to me, and I lost.
     
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    pushrod Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like someone needs an asswhipping in addition to cease and desist. I would file against them then pay a personal visit with my attorney present.
     
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    iraqivet01 Well-Known Member

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    John Hennessy is know in the Viper community as the biggest rip off artist there is. A few of the members of the Viper Truck club of America back in 2005 were charged for one of his Venum package upgrade on their truck that looked like a back yard mechanic performed with black vinly tape, and a set of walmart value tools. By the way this parckage cost like $35,000.00.

    So when I say his name pop up, it was no surprise to me.

    Get a lawyer, and get some good sound legal advise.
     
  7. bigmanjbmopar

    bigmanjbmopar Newb with a view

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    - George S. Patton














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  8. iraqivet01

    iraqivet01 Well-Known Member

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    Here's a one of his Happy customers:


    Hennessey's Vipers are fast, but lawsuits say he serves them up too slowly.

    Ninety-eight percent of his customers love him, John Hennessey says. But a few hate him and some have sued. Hennessey Motorsports in Houston specializes in tuning Vipers, adding more power to what is already one of the most powerful cars in the world. Hennessey’s Vipers have been featured in this and many other magazines and the cars he has sent to us and to other media were impressive performers. Hennessey presents himself well, projecting an image of the consummate Texas good ol’ boy whose reassuring conversational style and howyewdoin’ demeanor put customers at ease. People believe they will get what he says he’ll give them. But not all people do.

    According to a lawsuit filed in Salt Lake City, Utah resident Taig Stewart sent his Viper GTS to Hennessey last May for an engine upgrade to 1100 hp along with several other modifications. For that he wire-transferred $142,500 to Hennessey. The lawsuit states the parties agreed the car would be done by mid-July 2001. As of press time the car was still sitting under a tarp in Hennessey’s shop in Houston. Or most of the car, anyway. Stewart’s suit claims Hennessey sold the car’s engine, transmission, wheels, tires and hood. The suit seeks return of the money, the Viper and “no less than $1 million” in punitive damages.

    Hennessey claims he’s just slow in getting the work done.

    “My side of the story is we’re planning on finishing his car and planning on giving him everything that he paid for,” said Hennessey. As for the parts being sold, “That’s totally false. We’ve got all his parts in the shop except the hood and he wanted to do a lightweight hood.”

    Stewart is not the first unsatisfied customer. The longer we dug the more dissatisfaction we found. Here’s a sampling:

    On Nov. 14 a New Jersey court entered a final judgement of $133,674 against Hennessey on behalf of Viper owner Gary Dan for a botched conversion.

    William Walters said he is out over $22,000 after shipping his Corvette to Hennessey for a head and cam package that was never done; he did have five rods bent and a head gasket damaged on the dyno in Hennessey’s shop during an experiment Hennessey tried with nitrous oxide.

    Jerry Johnson said he had to file suit in Placer County Court in California to straighten out registration and engine computer problems on a Viper he bought from Hennessey. n Jon Belinkie said he loves the changes made to his Viper but had to sue in his home state of Maryland, then register the judgement in Texas, to recover overcharges Hennessey made on his American Express card.

    Rick Ryan said he had to hound Hennessey for eight months by long distance from Marietta, Georgia, to put the proper wing and stripes on his Viper.

    Mark Lublin said he sent his Viper cylinder heads to Hennessey for new valves but when the heads came back he found the “new” valves were actually used; a cam that was delivered to Lublin in a Hennessey box turned out to be a stock Chrysler cam. Lublin was finally refunded $5,715 from American Express but only after nine months of disputing the charge; and he got no money from Hennessey.

    Bruce Iannatuono said he ordered $8,500 worth of Hennessey parts for his mechanic in Baltimore to install but was only able to use two-thirds of what was shipped, and then only after haranguing Hennessey for six months on an order that was originally promised in five weeks.

    Most of the complaints come from outside Texas. Hennessey, some said, tends to take better care of local customers.

    “If you were out of state, man you were fair game,” said Kyle Kent, a former employee at Hennessey Motorsports. When an out-of-state car came in it was sometimes parted out, with the wheels, tires and whatever else looked good going to other cars waiting to be finished or sold outright, according to Kent and others inside Hennessey Motorsports. Then Hennessey would call the car’s owner and try to sell him an upgraded kit. If the customer balked, Hennessey would take parts from other cars in the shop, or just let the job sit.

    Kent described one typical disassembly on an out-of-state Viper. “The motor and transmission went into a Durango John was putting together, the brakes went to someone else, the hood went to a guy in Ohio, the rear bumper to South Carolina, man you name it. We had multiple cars like that.”

    Another common practice was putting stock parts on what was supposed to be an upgraded car.

    “One customer spent $130,000 to $140,000 and that guy thought he had purchased a Venom 650R package which he thought came with the stroker motor,” Kent said. “John told him he was getting a stroker. He was just getting heads and cams.”

    Heenessy is know to be the biggest rip off artist and full of BS in the Viper community. I know a few members of the Viper Truck Club of America back in 2005 were caugh up in his BS. The workmanship was poor to say the least, and for what price he was charging for what work he advertise really didn't happen.

    Hennessey denies any wrongdoing.

    “I’ve got probably 3000 customers,” he said. “I’ve built over 300 cars and out of that I’ve had a handful of people that I’ve had some sort of a delivery problem with and I’ve had some of them who have sued me. So is that some sort of a trend or is that par for the course?”
     
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