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Attorney Steve® Software Audit Essentials - Autodesk tactics to avoid having clients hire legal counsel (while they also have legal counsel).
Vondran Legal® has likely handled more software audits with Autodesk than any other lawyer in the United States. We have handled HUNDREDS of cases over the years. Recently, we see a new tactic they are trying to do to keep the playing field UNLEVEL. It appears they do not really want Autodesk clients to have legal counsel assisting them in representing their interests in a software audit. Meanwhile, Autodesk has a team of its own in-house lawyers that routinely work on these cases. Is this an intentional interference with a contract (my retainer agreement)? I review the factors for the California tort in this podcast, and all rights are hereby reserved as I take a closer look at the viability of bringing a lawsuit against them. The audit clause says nothing about you have no right to lawyer, and if you do hire a software attorney, then they can raise the settlement a percentage that they are literally making up on the fly. We have heard the fees will jump 25%, 30% and one lawyer told us he was handling a case and there was no raise in fee. This amounts to what appears to be an intentional tortious interference with my legal rights. Stay tuned.