Whistler business sees class action law suits with online potential
Got a beef?
Scott Wurtele wants to hear about it.
And if you are not alone he plans to make the information available to law firms all over the world to help with class action law suits.
"We are after both compensation and justice," said Wurtele, who has already spearheaded two successful e-com companies.
The 56-year-old is not shy about admitting he hopes there is money to be made from selling the information to the law firms.
"Of course I have monetary gain in mind, but I feel that I am helping people and I feel some reward there," he said.
Wurtele has just launched an internet site, WorldJustice.com, where you can cry on his virtual shoulder about any company or service around the world.
He is already hearing from people all over the world who have similar experiences but are geographically isolated.
"These people dont know they are not alone," said Wurtele from his Whistler home.
The plan is to group peoples complaints together for possible class action litigation.
After all said Wurtele: "It is possible to turn the smallest complaint into a class action."
There are already 52 law firms interested in the service and 297 complaints have already been outlined on the Internet site since it got up and running three weeks ago.
The complaints range from police brutality to complaints against drug companies.
Only Wurtele, some of his staff, and a selected law firms have access to the complaints. You cannot log onto the site and see what everyone else is complaining about.
No stranger to security measures, Wurtele has had to set up systems impervious to hackers for his previous Internet businesses.
His list of successes include Worldbid.com, a virtual meeting place connecting buyers and sellers of goods worth millions of dollars, and the worlds largest Internet site for boat plans.
Florida Lawyer Laurie Ivy worked on one of the worlds largest class actions, the silicone breast implant law suit, and is now a consultant for WorldJustice.com. She believes this type of site will help not just the people who are trying to get satisfaction but also the law firms that search for clients.
"We are trying to put the clients in touch with the right lawyers and that helps them.
"As far as the law firms go, one of the hardest and most expensive parts of the class action process is the notification of possible clients, so if we can help them skip that step that will definitely be helpful."
Class actions are becoming a growth industry. Some law firms do nothing else.
It helps not just the legal system, said Ivy, by allowing one judge to rule on hundreds and maybe thousands of individual cases, it also helps ordinary people who would be unable to afford to battle some of the giant companies who find themselves in the spotlight of these cases.
But Wurtele is not just excited about WorldJustice.com. A spin-off Internet site has also captured his imagination.
Moving to the edge of the leather sofa, his hands periodically blocking the zig-zag of ski runs framed by the window behind him, Wurtele describes WorldAdvocacy.com.
"There are no good large lists of advocacy sites on the net because no one has had the time or the funds to do it," he said.
"But we are going to be able to fund it, therefore I believe we will end up with the definitive list of advocacy sites on the Internet in the world."
Wurtele hopes people with complaints will use this Internet site to find support and action groups to help.
Many of the names on the site are familiar: Amnesty International, Greenpeace, and the Sierra Club.
"We are just a little spark at the moment," said Wurtele.
"But we have the potential to just explode"