As someone who has never been involved in a class action lawsuit, I was hoping for a response along the lines of suggesting how long the process would take me. If this is going to take me a solid day, I think it'd be safe to assume that it wouldn't be worth most people's time.
I am from a family with 3 Lawyers and Class Actions suits are nice but do not hold your breath.
Get a nice practice going and treat people nice and you will make a nice living, And stay away from criminal law and if you do criminal law get your money up front.
Aye, I've read enough Grisham to know that class actions are too much effort for the perceived payout (if at all). Good tip on the criminal law, though. My interests lie elsewhere however, although I hope my grades are sufficient to get me into those fields.
All kidding aside, I'm glad that these companies are being called out for blatant lies. I hate how so many harmful food products are being marketed as healthy. Also, I hate how powerless I feel as an individual consumer as I walk by them in the aisle at the grocery store. It's sort of nice to see one get caught like watching the jerk who speeds by you cutting you off on the freeway get pulled over two miles ahead.
Well, if that's your entire line of reasoning for not believing in it, you should know that there is actually a lot more to it than that.
1. The lawsuit is being initiated to punish the wrongdoing. - Check
2. The lawyers are doing all the work. Putting in all the hours to make sure this punishment occurs. - Check
3. The consumers that were harmed are the benefactors from the punishment (both the ones that were harmed by this company, and the ones that are not harmed by other companies because those companies were deterred by this action) - Check
4. Will the each lawyer individually make more money than each consumer individually? Absolutely.
5. Will each lawyer invest a hell of a lot more into the suit than each consumer? Absolutely.
6. Is the lawyer getting compensated for at least the amount of time spent? Yes.
7. Is the consumer getting compensated for at least the amount of the harm suffered (the amount of money spent on product times the amount of value lost by the miscalculation)? Most likely. Depends on how much the consumer purchased, and how much he was harmed by the fact that there may not have been quite as much vitamin C as promised (just throwing out an example, but you get the idea).
If you don't want in on the class action because the amount of money offered is not enough to make it worth filling out the paperwork, then I certainly don't blame you. But just because #7 on the list of benefits isn't up to par, or if you believe that #5 is unfair, it doesn't mean that the rest aren't functioning effectively.
Are Lawyers are the scum of the earth? Check.
Are Lawyers ruining America? Yes.
Is a Lawyers' sole purpose in life to cause trouble and do nothing productive? Absolutely.
You can give a man a fish, and he'll be fed for a day, but if you beat him, unmerciful, with that same fish -- he'll leave you alone forever.
I filled out the form... I guess the hassle was worth it if you can easily search for your orders and Amazon and print the receipts to PDF. Probably took me about 10 minutes... at $25, that's like $150 an hour. I could do that all day.
Last edited by TidalWaveOne; 04-22-2012 at 07:09 AM..
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