When I first spoke to Michael last summer, I had the immediate impression that I was in the presence of an eccentric future icon and visionary who had the exact combination of stubbornness, tenacity, and scrappy persistence to do exactly what he set out to do. There are entrepreneurs who are the typical salesmen types, the kind of people who tell investors exactly what they want to hear, fabricate some sort of unsubstantiated future revenue projections in a tidy excel sheet and discuss the overall market valuation, and then there are the entrepreneurs who you just have a gut feeling are going to disrupt the entire sector and everything is going to radically change in the next decade due to their actions, and the latter is Michael Green.
Recently, Michael launched a 15 minute documentary in regards to one of the developing class-action cases at CaseHub against the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in the UK.
This is something that doesn't happen in the U.S., as lawsuits cannot be filed without the intended recipient having proof of receiving that information through a service of process, in which the recipient is hand-delivered his or her legal documents.However, in the UK, no such protection exists to ensure that people receive their legal documents. The problem with the DVLA is that they have also been selling people's old addresses to private agencies, in which the intended recipients never receive their legal documents in the post telling them of an impending lawsuit against them. This is obviously a gap in protection (what Americans refer to as a legal loophole) that many private parking agencies have been exploiting via the Driver and Vehicles and Licensing Agency in the UK.
CaseHub in its description of this lawsuit against DVLA:
This happens because the parking firm who sued the driver had the wrong address. Either the DVLA gave them an old registered keeper record, or the parking firm was too slow to act on the information and sues several years after they got information from DVLA (and did not check to see if the address was still correct).
Subject to sufficient group interest, CaseHub will run a class action to get people whose credit rating has been wrecked through hidden parking charges compensation.
Michael tells me that if CaseHub "can turn into a community-driven regulator that runs itself, I would be very happy."
Thus far, the average citizen in the UK has not been able to pursue his or her cases due to the costs involved with hiring a solicitor. CaseHub aims to protect those people against predatory practices by public and private agencies.
Michael has also been featured in the Economist, the Telegraph and ITV.
By Sierra Choi