A thoughtful opinion piece appeared in the LA Times on the upcoming oral argument before the Supreme Court in the case which will decide if corporations can take away consumers’ rights to file class actions through take it or leave it form contracts.
The opinion piece which appeared in the LA Times states in part:
“The marketplace is fairer for consumers and workers because there’s a deterrent out there,” said Deepak Gupta, an attorney for the advocacy group Public Citizen who will argue on consumers’ behalf before the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
“Companies are afraid of class actions,” he said. “This helps keep them honest.”
The case is AT&T Mobility vs. Concepcion. The basic question before the court is whether companies can bar class actions in the fine print of their take-it-or-leave-it contracts with customers and employees.
High courts in California and elsewhere have ruled that class-action bans are unconscionable and contrary to public policy.
You can read the full piece by clicking here.
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