There is a well funded smear campaign against class action. It may seem like grass-roots but it is Astro-turf..
DON'T MISS THE farkING POINT OF CLASS ACTION!!!.
Theaetetus: Albert911emt: I was once unknowingly part of some class action concerning credit card fees or something. I got a check in the mail for 33 cents, and the damn lawyers got millions. And yet lawyers always insist that tort reform is unnecessary. F*ck them.You got free money without having to do anything. I can understand why you're upset. It's because you're a moran.
Albert911emt: You seem like a very pleasant person, except for the whole insulting someone for no reason part.....yeah, other than that, you're not at all a jerk.
max_pooper: 67stang: Albert911emt:Gotcha beat. Once lost thousands in a fraudulent stock deal. I was part of a class action lawsuit. My split? A check for Eleven (11!) fricking cents.So which is better? The law firm spends millions of dollars preparing the lawsuit, gets the judge to punish the wrong doers and gets compensated for their work or there is no class action lawsuit, the company goes unpunished, continues to defraud more investors and the lawyers make zero dollars?
Jument: Couldn't there be a third option that is somehow slightly more equitable to those who were wronged? I don't know what it might be but the current system punishes the company (good), pays most of the money to the lawyers (not good), and does nothing for those who were wronged (bad).
TheWhoppah: The government already inspects food and yet we still have mass outbreaks of food poising and safety recalls every few months for contaminated stuff that escaped in spite of the inspections.
max_pooper: Fear the Clam: When I get a class action lawsuit thing in the mail, I do spend a moment figuring out how much I could get and how long it would take to fill in the form (and collect the required documentation). Then I toss the thing in the recycle bin.Corporate America thanks you for your diligent efforts to allow them to go unpunished.
Teiritzamna: Albert911emt: You seem like a very pleasant person, except for the whole insulting someone for no reason part.....yeah, other than that, you're not at all a jerk.As someone who has met him in person - he is an asshole.
Teiritzamna: Oh right! The lawyers seeking to punish Comapny X! If only they let them keep on screwing consumers, they wouldn't "need" to raise prices to pay for it!
Firethorn: Teiritzamna: Oh right! The lawyers seeking to punish Comapny X! If only they let them keep on screwing consumers, they wouldn't "need" to raise prices to pay for it!A company isn't a person, it's very tough to actually 'punish' one.
gameshowhost: Okay, Libertarianmitter.W/O the class action suit, the company would walk away with the profits from screwing over consumers. Boy, what a great alternative.We ~could~ serve consumers much better by like, say, actually regulating companies and minimizing these legal issues from every occurring, and bymaking their books more transparent so it's easier to get to the bottom of things if these legal issues actually do occur.... but the same people crying about TFA's outcome are usually the same people (COUGHlibertariansCOUGH) that insist regulation is bad and that legal fictions deserve civil rights protections originally intended for human beings./law firms suck up so much of that payout because the offenders' lawyers do everything they can to shield their business clients' books//nothing libertarians love more than crying about conundrums of their own creation and blaming others
Fluid: Appeals Court Says Legal Fees in Diaper Suit are Ir-rashionalHad to read that headline twice before it sunk in "diaper suit" didn't refer to some kind of horrible fashion experiment. Need more coffee, I guess.
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