Style finished writing a children’s book called "Don’t You Dare Poke The Bear". He provided no details, albeit, we didn’t ask for any.
There’s been much speculation as to what happened to Lyle since there have been no website updates for a few years. Well, we can point the blame at the legal battle that he was in with Walmart. He specifically asked us not to post anything about this because apparently all publicity is good publicity and he doesn’t want to promote that company in any way. However, this situation has had a huge impact on his life and career so we thought we’d throw this in at the end of this News Update if anyone wants to hear some of the horror he’s gone through so they can learn from his experience.
Despite Walmart’s employee assaulting him in 2011 on their property and causing permanent damage to his lower back and sacrum by driving a train of shopping carts directly into him while he was in an isle, he had to "give
up" the legal battle in order to save his house and years of his life that it would take to continue. "They played dirty from the start. Right after I was assaulted by their employee, I was told to expect I was under surveillance by Walmart’s people. I did absolutely nothing wrong, yet I’ve been looking over my back for over five years. To go through years more of this BS was ridiculous. Never mind the chronic pain, wondering if I’m being watched, especially when I’m with my kids is an awful way to go about your day. The entire experience was beyond an invasion of privacy and not at all conducive to healing."
He continued after a long awkward break, "It should have been over years ago and they even agreed to judicially assisted dispute resolution, however, after they got all my proof, I believe they knew they would have no choice but to pay up when it got in front of a judge. So these ____ ____ (unintelligible) strategically changed their mind and demanded this now go to trial because they likely knew it would cost me and my family everything and there would be no way we could afford to continue. It would cost us nearly 75k to continue for this to go to the trial that they demanded, and if they got off on a technicality, I would also have to pay another 100k or more for their legal fees."
Style told us "off the record" (which we think is a music reference?) during a phone interview (that had poor cell reception quality) that "They hire the ____ _____ (unintelligible) lawyers on the planet. These _____ _____ (unintelligible) had hundreds of documents of my personal files so they knew my financial status and they used this to their advantage. For every page they had, they started to demand what seemed like five more. Despite them having ten years of my medical history and me never having a lower back injury, they demanded all medical records since I was born. And, I believe they were trying to make me commit career suicide by demanding time consuming letters and documents from production companies and people I worked with that would do nothing but cost me future work with them. They also implied they would cause legal problems for the people in my life that helped me medically with my pain because they treated me outside their medical offices and didn’t charge me, which they implied, was a violation to their respective professional associations. So continuing would not only make us have to take out a second mortgage on our house, it would likely cause legal problems for people who were kind by trying to help me get better. I would hang my head in profound shame if I did what they did, it’s unbelievable how a major corporation could do something so wrong when they were clearly at fault and admitted so, which I have on tape. The only saving grace is the employee drove those carts into me instead of my three year old son who was with me that evening, because that impact would have likely killed him. ____ _____ (unintelligible) are _____ (unintelligible) corporate bullies that would rather spend money on their lawyers fighting against their innocent victims than using that money to do the right thing. Just because a person may not be super successful in their career doesn’t give Walmart the right to take it away from that person. I have their representatives on tape saying they would reimburse me for all my expenses, they lied. They also admitted they were liable as they had the assault on video, but then, it all of a sudden didn’t exist once it came to presenting it to my lawyer. And me recording the very same conversation that they were recording was apparently illegal of me, because I didn’t say that, I, too, was recording the conversation. This according to their _____ _____ (unintelligible) made their admitting guilt and them saying they would look after expenses inadmissible. Remember Jennifer, I know you’re new here, this is all off the record." [In an effort to be off the record, it should be mentioned that not once did Style ever actually say the word "Walmart" in these interviews, instead of "wal", a variety of four letter words were used.]
Style continued, "I sold off ten grand of music gear to pay for doctors letters and medical treatment and it got me nowhere. Walmart dragged each step of this out for ____ (unintelligible) years to the point that we could not cover the expenses of legal representation for a trial that would take years to hit the courts. All this because I took my son for rubber boots to Walmart. I hope people learn from my mistake and make better informed decisions on where they shop. If you end up in the same boat I did, you may learn, like I did, that it appears that Canadian lawyers are afraid of Walmart so they will demand $375 an hour plus taxes like mine did when it came to going to trial. My lawyers were _____ _______ (unintelligible) and weren’t even able to get the money back that they, themselves, advised me to spend on the case. The Canadian judicial system is unlike anything I’ve ever seen, set up to help the perpetrator and all the lawyers, not the victim who gets victimized over and over by the process."
We had some staff leave due to financial reasons over the last few years and we would like to thank them for all their great work. We also welcome Jennifer Wesmax to the Electric Recordings team who is currently interning.
Style continues to be in ongoing medical treatment stating that "after hundreds of related medical appointments to the Walmart assault, I’m seeing some improvement by osteopathic therapy which gives me hope for the future."
Style is in pre-pre-production for his next album "Behind Of His Time". "I almost lost everything because of the Walmart fiasco so I am not recording the album yet. I have written a bunch of new songs for it but need an angel to descend from heaven to help get back in the studio." Release date is TBA. "Hopefully it’ll be in my lifetime" he added.
To end on a happy note, Style went to the Smithsonian to get up close to the roots of his raising and what helped make him the man he is today.
Thanks for your interest in the life and times of Mr. E Style, we hope good things come your way right now and always!