Remember the ‘COR Fiasco’ involving Jalopnik, COR Forged, and a Mustang owner? I posted about it in October of 2012 and mentioned that with lawyers involved “this situation will probably get worse before it gets better”.
Well as it turns out I was right and things did get worse because yesterday I was forwarded an email from my host that originating from COR’s legal department asking me to pull the photos and the article.
The email reads as follows:
I am writing to inform you that a website hosted on your server is sharing libel information and defamatory images towards our brand (COR Wheels). We are in process of reviewing the indecent and considering taking legal action and decided to notify you prior to going that route in hopes for a quick and ethical resolve.
Of all the 175 WTF Friday posts I’ve made I’m honestly shocked that the one in question is causing such a stir. It was fairly neutral in tone, and actually addressed the fact that other wheel manufacturers currently have similar policies (to COR’s). It also mentions the fact that the way they approached the warranty claim isn’t a situation unique to the automotive industry, companies deny claims all the time for similar reasons.
I even mentioned that it would be a shame to see COR go out of business over something that caught fire on Jalopnik, which would certainly not be the concern of someone out to defame their brand.
It appears that the people at COR didn’t actually read what I wrote and are instead trying to erase the entire event from the internet entirely using scare tactics. Whomever is running the PR department at COR please give your head a shake.
Enthusiasts are not the enemy we are your target market and you are making it very difficult for us to give you a second chance.
After reading the email I consulted with a few friends versed in Internet law who assured me that I am currently in the clear of any wrong doing.
As of right now I have no intentions of taking the photos down and have sent a calm response to COR Wheels. Hopefully we can come to an amicable resolution, and of course I will keep you all in the loop.
All that being said if that post (and this one) ever do get deleted it’s not because I didn’t try, it’s because I’m not about to permanently risk what I’ve built here over a situation that doesn’t really involve me.
Wish me luck!
COR Forged has since contacted me and at this point it is all water under the bridge and we are putting together the details for an exclusive interview with the CEO of COR and myself. Stay tuned!
Getting legal papers thrown at me aside I am currently working with my host to move the site to a package that will have it performing faster. Hopefully I won’t have to post about when the switch has been done as it will be so lightning fast you guys will notice.
Until then sorry about the slow responsiveness at times, especially when posting comments.
Should do a follow up to this one….