I only have a set of his frypans that I don't use often, so I haven't noticed, but does he guarantee his cookware? If so, I'd get onto his customer service about that as it can become a safety/health hazard.
Rivets are always a potential problem with pots and pans and is one of the main reasons restaurants fail DOH inspections.
His cookware is NOT cheap so I'd definitely complain, since it's happened to the both of you.
I bought a set of the s/s last year and have not had any problems and no longer use my CE non-stick from the other network. Learning to cook again in the s/s has been interesting, but now I love it.
At the same time I bought a set of Emeril's s/s to compare them to WP pans and after using one pan, returned it. I didn't dry the pan immediately after washing it and the next morning there was a bit of rust on the bottom. That was enough for me. The pan had also scratched terribly on the inside after making scrambled eggs. And, the scratches almost seemed to permeate the top layer - it was just strange. I didn't think the quality was there.