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Carroll Shelby has seen it all. He's raised chickens and flew planes in WWII. He's raced in Formula One and partnered with all three of America's automakers. And then some. At 85 years old, Shelby deserves praise – like the Automotive Executive of the Year and Lifetime Achievement awards the iconic muscle-car guru is set to receive this year. But what is he getting instead? Sued.

Frustrated by their misfortune with the ongoing Unique Performance saga, a group of customers are trying to sue Shelby to get their money back on classic Shelby Mustangs that they ordered from the now defunct company but never received. Shelby licensed his name to Unique Performance for restored pony cars, but seeing the writing on the wall early, severed ties with the company shortly thereafter. Either way, Unique Performance was at fault for its own screw-ups, not Shelby. Yet the plaintiffs are arguing that "no one would have ordered these cars if it wasn't for Carroll Shelby." That may be the case, and we can understand the disappointed customers' frustrations. But leave Grandpa Carroll alone. Thanks for the tip, Ralph!

[Source: CBS3.com]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      So you can sue Michael Jorden if you bought a pair of Nikes and they never showed up?
        • 7 Years Ago
        That was my thought. It doesn't make much sense to me, but I'm not a lawyer and I don't know all the facts, so I'm not going to cast judgement on either.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I would consider him at least partially responsible. Maybe he should be more diligent before lending his name to a company. I think it's likely Shelby didn't lose money on the deal.
        • 7 Years Ago
        hello? He was diligent! The licensing was done, Unique screwed up, he took his license back. That's pretty cut and dry. He's not responsible for anything other than his license to Unique!

        We could also say that Global Warming is his fault too because he made sports cars right?
        • 7 Years Ago
        What about the Foose Camaro? Is Chip responsible there too?
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree. While I don't think Shelby is entirely at fault for Unique Performance's horrible business ethics, he should recognize that these customers bought the cars partially because of the reputable and recognizable name of Shelby.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Shelby is a greedy old man who whore's his name out to anyone these days. He partnered with them and agreed to consider these cars as bona fide Shelbys. For those reasons, he does carry some liability.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It'll blow right by. I'm sure his licensing agreement has an indemnity clause.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Gotta love America... Come here.. we will sue you.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Shelby should get sued...he was part of that company when things happened...so he deserves to be part of the sue because he has part responsibility. For him to just walk away is definitely him seeing writing on the wall that he wanted to not be held responsible.

      Instead of standing behind his name, he walked...hope he loses.
      • 7 Years Ago
      And people ask why things are so expensive in this country. Everyone that has minimal exposure to business needs to carry a boat load of insurance because of things like these. Doctors these days need to insure their lives out before they start practicing. Toy makers, for every new toy, need to get insurance for a piece of plastic that can break and cut someone's finger. Are artists liable for the products they advertise? Are sports people liable for the products they advertise? It is the same thing. They are lending their credibility to these products, just not their names.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't think he can be held responsible. Sure people were willing to buy these cars mainly because they were dubbed as "Shelbys" but it would seem to me that only Unique is liable. They were using his name under license, but it was their company and their cars. If you ordered a new pair of Air Jordans, they weren't delivered and the Jordan brand suddenly went belly up, would you sue Michael Jordan, Nike or the store you ordered them from? 'm not saying that it's the same thing or that Shelby is a saint, but I just don't see how he can be held liable for Unique's screw-ups.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think Shelby needs to act upon the lawsuit and do some major PR damage control.

      Acknowledge the fact that hey, he did lend his name to a bunch of sneaky bastards. Who conned a buncha of people with more brains than money into getting "continuation" cars with his namesake on them.

      I figure as a way to mend fences, just offer each plaintiff (granted this doesn't turn into a Class-Action lawsuit) a New S-197 GT500. In turn, they drop the lawsuit. Problem solved.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Whether Shelby is a good person or not, its still doesn't have any effect of whether he should be sued or not. I'm not a lawyer either and think that is is bull if you can sue someone in an instance like this. This is how America has become such a strict country about everything. Licensing is all over the place. This is not exactly a new issue I'm sure.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Its as simple as this, AM General builds the Hummer H2 under agreement with GM, If you go to the store and buy a Hummer H2 and for some reason it falls apart, Who do you sue????

        its the same case with C.S and U.P...They both were in it to make a profit one from Manufacturing and the other one from the use of its name brand....

        The cars that U.P sold werent generic U.P mustangs they were shelby GT's with shelby vin numbers. It makes perfect sense to sue Carrol and in return Carrol has to sue Unique...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Partially...try the only reason. You buy something with his name on it because the consumer expects a quality product. There is no mistaking the equity of the Shelby name, these people were screwed over and someone should have to refund them. This isn't good for Carroll.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ummm sorry, Carrol Shelby is not the angel you described.

      He is a terrible business man who had some great ideas and was a decent race car driver.

      Sure he holds a place in history, but he should not be on as high of a level as you are placing him.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Thanks Mike V., you beat me to the punch.

        I don't feel bad for Carrol Shelby one bit. He did some good things in the auto business, but car collectors are the ones that made him famous. Those people painstakingly documented all the various Shelby's out there. They are the ones that turned that name into what it is today.

        Shelby has never turned away a chance to make a buck. He displays no loyalty. Greed is all that drives him.
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