Allocation of Benefits from a Class Action Suit

Class action lawsuits have earned a questionable reputation. Purportedly class action lawsuits serve the public good by halting the misbehavior of a defendant and by reimbursing plaintiffs who suffered damages due to the defendant’s actions. You can expect to hear that high-road claim parroted by members of the class action bar. However, most consumers have […]

Once Again, Class Action Costs Are in The Crosshairs

In a July 2017 rule, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) “prevented financial institutions from including forced-arbitration language in contracts for things like credit cards and car loans.”  That upset the financial services industry, because in their experience, compulsory arbitration is often the faster and less costly choice for resolving disputes when compared with participation […]

Government Meddles In Disputes Between Consumers and Companies

Companies can provide wonderful results for consumers or they can be a huge disappointment.  When they short change us or act against our interests, we need ways to force them to make amends.  That’s when we remember the “boilerplate” we agreed to right after the sale took place.  Most of the time that contract will […]