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Talk about blowing smoke! No one, not one MQ MT has "joined" the class action suit.

Posted By: MTQ on 2005-07-27
In Reply to: I received a letter from MQ CEO regarding the MT lawsuit - MQMT

Its not even up to that point yet.  We will be notified and given the legal options via the legal system. So, if you claim you "joined it", you joined nothing - just gave your name to the laywers. Nothing more, so get over yourself.  If there is nothing more to pursue after discovery, you won't be joining anything!

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It is not a class action suit as of yet
It is not certified class action because MQ filed for the proceedings to be held in NJ with all the other law suits. Therefore, this is stalling the certification of the suit to class action. They have received numerous calls over the checks.

Of course they cannot offer legal advise as they are not representing all MQ MTs as of yet, it is still the original 3 that filed, but I don't think it would be wise to cash it. That is just me. I know there are those that will disagree and call me names, but thats my two cents.
I was in a class action suit once & got $600
Talk about blowing smoke, ha.
Even the ones on here who are reading these listings, not all want to join in the revolution. I for one love my job, donít intend on putting my neck on the chopping block for others just because someone is not as happy or content as me. Ridiculous to even think so.
I was involved in a class action suit
against PayPal, probably 2 years ago, haven't seen a penny.  I was in a class action suit another time, can't remember who, and I did get some $$, I think about $15.00.   I don't initiate anything, just get e-mails or letters about them. 
Sounds to me like a class action law suit just waiting to happen! nm
could it have to do with the class action law suit, my credit card company did that once...
they sent me a check of some money they supposedly owed me because someone filed a class action suit regarding their not posting monies received the same day and therefore charging people late fees, etc.  I got like $3.46 for something or other. 

perhaps it was a class action suit that was filed, and then of course MQ would have to go back and pay any monies due to everyone regarding the line-count discrepency issue.

maybe I am way-off, but if it is on the QT, that could be why.  once they pay you off, they are no longer liable, right?.

anyone else have any ideas?
Someone's blowing smoke up your computer with
unsubstantiated statements. 
Really? Can you explain why or are you just blowing smoke out your butt again?
The class action against MQ by MTs should be about

forget about Ricca laws and tying it to hospitals and line counts.

They have lied and done smoke and mirrors to the point that there

probably could be a case made for that alone. 

And why do we never hear anything more about the SEC case?

And the FBI case against MQ for sending military information over

unsecured lines?

What happened to all that?


Class action...
I was involved in several of these suits - most of them with Medquist - and the biggest check I ever got was $3.61.
Does the class action include the DEP
platform? Somewhere, don't remember where now, I thought I read the class action was about the old platform MedRite and was for a certain range of years. Is there info out there that the class action pertains to DEP also?
I received an opt-out of a class action

lawsuit involving a certain MTSO and the other party involved (think it was formerly AAMT).  Anyway, since I won't get a dime even after having been ripped off all those years, I just threw it in the garbage.  AAMT, or whatever they call themselves now, plans on keeping ALL settlement monies for their greedy little selves.

When I worked for the MTSO there were rumors flying around about the 90 character line count that was then converted to 55 characters before going to the client.  The MTSO pocketed the rest.  Guess it really wasn't a rumor after all.  How sad. 

I am part of three class action lawsuits.
Franklin-Templeton mutual fund apparently committed fraud while I was invested with them, Fen-Phen (the doctor's office notified me; sheduled me for a carotid ultrasound and had me come to a Radisson Hotel to meet with the attorneys) and MQ which I never really heard from but read about and this fraud took place while I worked there...

Bottom line is people should really not be getting money out of other peoples' pockets by fraudulent means.
That is a whole different story than stating you "joined" the lawsuit. Its how
so much of the original MQ class action lawsuits got so screwed up information-wise to the rest of us MTs. You were probably one of the originals, proudly claiming you "joined" the lawsuit, while hundreds of us scrambled around trying to figure out what we missed and how to "join". That was the huge fiasco months back.  You are misinforming when you state you "joined" anything, cause there is NOTHING to join at this time.  Personally, I think its just "pomp" on your part, actig like you're "in the know", and making some kind of martyr stand. There is NOTHING to join, so don't misrepresent it until such time as there IS something to join. Makes the rest of the poor MTs feel worse - MQ gives no info, and then everyone else but them has "joined" a suit.  Not defending MQ - just wish folks would not "spin" the truth - same games MQ allegedly likes to play! But you, naturally, feel justified!
You said you "joined" the lawsuit. You did NO such thing! You're a liar!
How's that for spin? Didn't want to say it before, but you're right, why be polite? There is NO LAWSUIT TO JOIN NOW.  Only 3 employees are suing and we're NOT ALLOWED to join it yet.  So banter and pound your chest all you want, you joined in your dreams, sister!!
Oh my, this is just blowing my mind.
She/he is just blowing off some steam, and I can relate! nm
Blowing nose, sniffing, hacking, spitting,,yuk!

I transcribed a doc and I swear he was sick all the time.  Really gross. 


I have had a couple. Blowing hair tickles face so had to figure out how to keep it outta my
Tell him to smoke outside.
That way, he still gets his way, but you don't have to smell it in your house.
I used to smoke but..
I used Zyban.  I will be smoke free for 8 years in April. But it is scary how for some those medications end up causing such horrible effects. 
Eewwww... you don't talk like an MT, you talk like mangement. Ick. (n/m)
blowin smoke
Yep, AL the way to the bank.
Depends what you smoke.
Smoke at your computer? I believe it. I still do.
What I did about the C-phone and smoke. sm
I have to go out of town next week so I got a few small trash bags and put in a Yankee Candle Car Jar, and wrapped it back up tight, as well as with the instruction manual. I'll leave it in there for a week and hopefully that will take it away. I did use rubbing alcohol on the C-phone too and oh gosh, you wouldn't believe how much yellow junk came off from the smoke, especially from the parts that are covered with clear plastic. It smelled up my entire room for a while and I'm still getting whiffs of it every now and then. Thank you everybody for your help and suggestions. I spent $187 on this and I did expect better, or at least a blurb in the auction that it came from a smoker's home.
We are not threatening a suit,
These people stole our lines, we earned way less than the federal minimum wage, and we want our money. I could have earned more money at McDonald's!!! Just FYI, not meant to be rude to you.
Legal action
First of all, my condolences to you and your wife. I feel for you. I lost an adult child 14 years ago. Among the many aspects of grief, the realities of your deceased child's legal affairs can be a nightmare. I am not a legal expert and I don't know if any legal changes have been made in the past years. At the time our son died he left behind a student loan for $13,000.00 and a personal loan for about $5,000.00. He was over the age of 21 when he signed for these loans. It was a nightmare for me and my husband. These creditors hounded us and threatened to get the money from us even though our son was 23 at the time of his death. One creditor even tainted our credit report because my son and his father had the same name. It was a complete nightmare for a couple of years. We sought legal advice, send copies of the death certificate to the creditors several times, and eventually things got straightened out. In your case you have an individual who claims money is owed to him. Did you daughter have a will? I assume she was still legally married. I would definitely seek legal advice. I doubt this individual can force you to pay on her debt if there indeed was one. However, you can stop the harassment by legal means. Seek legal counsel. The last thing you need is this aggravation. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Miss all the action too. Not like it used to be.

Used to work for an old country GP. Had a guy stagger in with the tip of his finger hanging from a close encounter with a table saw. Blood everywhere. We gave him a roll of paper towels and went to fetch "the mop" out of the garage. It was 20 below out and the mop was frozen solid so we ran it under hot water in the kitchen sink and cleaned up the blood spills. No gloves. No worries.

Many stories from that place. My favorite was the patient in the waiting room with a paper bag full of baby chickens that he had to bring in because it was too hot in the car and he had to stop in on his way home for his weekly BP check.

Court action

I am not sure what your limit is for small claims court, it used to be $3500 here but know it has changed.   If it is more than one doctor in practice, you need to find out how they are listed through their business license, etc. through the state.  They helped me at the courthouse how to do this as it had to be listed exactly.  If you want to make a last ditch effort and make sure it isn't just the office manager that is not paying you, send a certified letter to each doctor that has to be signed by them and them only outlining what you will be doing and why.  You can act as your own collection agency instead of paying someone a commission to collect the money from you.   That is why I always keep on file a copy of their checking account number that they pay me on as I did sue once and we used it to collect the funds.  Also if the 7K is over the amount of small claims, then perhaps breaking out each individual doctor is under the amount.  But that is a pretty big amount and cannot believe that you let it go that high unless it is a large account and that is only one to two month's worth.  But again, try to get the correspondence directly to the docs as sometimes they do not know that the bill is going unpaid.   Good luck, let us know what happens.   Hopefully you are no longer providing service to this clinic.  Do some digging and get home address phone numbers if you are that gutsy and for that amount I would probably do it. 

Again, good luck.



Ask to see the software in action, if
possible. Ask if there is a spellchecker, and whether it checks medical terms. Oddly enough, the supervisor may be oblivious to the fact that the MT has to enter all the terms into just a standard English spellchecker, but at least ask the question. Ask if it is compatible with ShortHand or other program like that. Hopefully you will be allowed to talk to an MT who is using it. You want to see how efficient or backwards the software might be, and hear the sound quality. Do you get to make your own normals, or share them with another MT, so that you can't correct any errors you might find (but don't say that about errors out loud). Most radiologists are the opposite of psych dictators (from my experience). Radiology dictators tend to be fast and very efficient and need somebody who can give 100% accuracy. And if you can catch misspeaks and tactfully correct them or blank them, that will help. (But they are so smart that they are always shocked if they misspeak, so it has to be handled very carefully). Always think about where in the body you are and don't make anatomical errors for all of those sound-alike parts.
No suit here, sad sack...
Hey, ME (how original...)- if it's been awhile since you've been there, who could you know anything? I like where I work, and many of my friends do as well. We could all stand to make more money, but I know for a fact I'm making more bank than 90% of you out there, just based on my speed and accuracy and the amount of lines I average. I used to work a FT job AND a PT job and didn't make combined what I make here! You just have to know your stuff, be disciplined at home and good at what you do. Sounds like you were lacking all the way around. Let me guess- you are now an IC, riight? Why- no one would have you? Oh, you like your FREEDOM, riiight...while you are enjoying your freedom, which is just saying you don't have enough work to keep you off the boards all day, I'm putting out about 2K lines a day at a top line rate too. The few times I call in they've been nice (never met any of them though), and they are always sending me thank you notes and stuff. You enjoy your "time off"- I got vacations to pay for! If you want to come back, email me. I'll get a referral bonus!
Take Further Action On Offshoring

Please, PLEASE people, especially all who left posts on the news story below, call the White House.  It is your right.  I do it all the time and I have not been abducted by the FBI yet.  They do not ask for your name or phone number or anything.  They usually are pretty decent to talk to. 

Tell them:  I AM CALLING CONCERNING THE OFFSHORING OF AMERICAN JOBS, ESPECIALLY OUR MEDICAL REPORTS LEAVING AMERICA WITH SENSITIVE INFORMATION ON THEM SUCH AS OUR NAMES AND SS# . Then take it from there.  Tell them that you MUST make your feelings be heard and you want the President to take action on this situation. 

As one person, I am only making a peep with my calls and emails, but if we all start calling and emailing in droves, we will make a roar.  Please, don't be afraid, we have to start taking action here folks.  Time will not wait.   

The White House Phone: 202-456-1111


The Capitol Switchboard:  202-224-3121

Obama and Biden:

Middle Class Task Force Questions:  Tell them to save jobs and stop all offshoring:
Your senator: Upper right hand corner, "find your senator"
Your congressperson: 

Let's do this together people

smoke free for 2 1/2 months
Yes I quit 10 weeks ago. I used the patch for 5 weeks, chewed a lot of gum, chewed on straws, even pretended to smoke a straw sometimes, hey it helped!! As motivational tricks, I printed out pictures of smoke damaged lungs and put them on my wall! I also printed out all the benefits of quitting and hung them in every room. I had smoked a pack a day for 14 years. My significant other still smokes, so if I can quit, you probably can too! I don't even want one now. Oh yeh-drink water! Hope this helps somebody. :)
How many of you smoke while working? See message.
Please don't post about the evils of smoking, etc., just looking for a yes or no.
She didn't smoke cigarettes
She actually smoked cigars!
Looking for a cigarette smoke detector (sm)

My mother lives with us and has gotten into the habit of sneak smoking in the back bathroom.  She thinks we can't smell it.  Have a granddaughter with asthma and I am very particular about smoke in the house. 

I thought if I had a detector that would buzz when she lit up that would encourage her to go outside like my husband does. 

I have tried talking to her about smoke smells in there when I have washed down the wallpaper and cleaned rugs/shower curtains down.  The smell clings to that wallpaper like glue.  She simply denies that anyone smokes in there.   She keeps multiple candles in there and thinks she is "covering up the smell". 

Any suggestions on a device that might be useful is appreciated.


C-phone & cigarette smoke
I just bought a C-phone off of eBay. I unpack it and it smells like smoke, something bad. I'm a non-smoker. How do I get this smell out? If I had known it was owned by a smoker, I wouldn't have purchased it. The auction didn't say one way or another, so I figured I was safe.

Yuck. Please help! Any ideas or suggestions are welcome. Febreeze isn't working so far and I'm sitting here smelling this. Gross.
Sorry we cant be Ayran and hairless enough to suit you.
emails for action plan
and now they send out emails wanting to know our action plan for wkends, whether we are working, so they are cvd. no extra $$, just remind you to "get the lines while you can"
You can customize IT to suit your typing needs

You can customize IT to better suit your needs.

For marker selection, you can select what marker keys you would like to use from a list of options in Instant Text. Right-click on the phrases advisory and go to Options and Marker Selection. There, you can select what word marker and phrase markers you would like to use.

You can also adjust the visual feedback. If you find the advisory lines difficult, you may want to start off with using just a few advisory lines. To change the advisory lines temporarily, right-click on the words advisory and select the number of lines you wish to have. To set up the number of advisory lines to a permanent number, you can do so in the Linking Options.

You can also work with zero visual feedback if you like. Simply hit "Alt-"  (thatís ALT and the "-" hyphen key) to hide IT's visual feedback.

You may want to try to do straight typing for X amount of hours per day and just use IT for an hour or two and slowly build-up your time each day.

You can always email the Instant Text tech support if you need any help.

I'd hit mine just getting in my bathing suit. nm
For that amt of $, I'd be filing suit. I can't believe you're going to

Legal action when not getting paid. sm

Hello fellow MTs,

I knew this was bound to happen.  I was an IC for a company and left after giving contracted one-week notice. Now I'm not getting paid for the work I did.

What is the first step to take?  I am prepared to get an attorney if need be but would like to take other steps before this. 

Anybody else have experience in this?  There are state differences.  I'm not sure which court to start with to start any court proceedings.  I guess that's where the attorney will help.

Thank you all so much for any advice.

Do most of us work the day shift, M-F? Action
Yes - smoke 1-1/2 packs per day. Tried and tried to quit to no avail.
I enjoy my nicotine - sad to say.
If you want to sue, you MUST have damages to sue for. GO to the DOCTOR or a suit is worthless.

I've seen enough Judge Judy (I love her, too!) to know this. If you have no damages, you get no money. With no PROOF of damages, you basically have no damages.

You would need to take pictures of any scrapes and bruises that you have as a result of being dragged, falling, the leash pulling you, etc. You also need a doctor's report.  A judge won't just take your word that you were hurt. Good luck!

pufting on flarme retardant suit sm
Professionalism is an attitude, not a particular vocation.

The collective bantering on this board is the kind of thing that, to me, denigrates MT just as much as low wages and newbies coming in undercutting the rest of us.

I don't see very many MTs with a good attitude. I am no different, and, therefore, I'm getting out. Big old red flag when I can't even talk nicely to others in my profession. Plain and simple. Do I have a ton of resources? NO. Do I make a ton of money that I can pull this off? NO. I am trying to be smart and patient about it.

What I read on this board truly depresses me. I see a bunch of negative, defensive, downtrodden, burned out people.

I know PLENTY of professionals in PLENTY of other fields who have made the decision to work at home, or work part time, because their family is EQUAL priority to their careers. They do not appear to have a priority problem to me, nor do I think they care any less about what they do. They have made tough decisions, made some challenging sacrifices, and have a LOT of discipline.

If proven fraud, will you file suit against her?
Hhhmm, and what color suit are you wearing
Also, any action you eventually may take will have to happen in her state - not yours. nm