Public Justice had the following to say about the briefing:
Would this headline surprise you? “Cell Phone Giant Rips Off Customers.” Maybe not. But what about this one? “Cell Phone Giant Rips Off Customers, Wants New Law Saying It’s OK.” That one might just catch your attention. I know it would mine.
Well, that second hypothetical headline is actually the premise of AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, a hugely important case that will be argued before the Supreme Court in early November.
Yesterday, Public Justice Senior Attorney Paul Bland participated in a press briefing on this case at the National Press Club and sponsored by the American Constitution Society. Other panelists were Nina Pillard, law professor at Georgetown; Stephen Ware, law professor at the University of Kansas; and Alan Kaplinsky, a private attorney in Philadelphia who counsels financial institutions on how to shield themselves from liability.
At one point, about 38 minutes in, an audience member posted this to Twitter: “Paul Bland is on a TEAR at the AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion briefing. What passion for class actions!” This case has been under-the-radar for awhile now, but don’t be fooled: It actually has nothing to do with the minutiae of arbitration clauses like AT&T Mobility (AT&T) says it does. Really, it’s about banning class actions and taking away consumers’ rights.
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