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October 15, 2015

Gomez Case Could Shape Future of Class Actions

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday heard Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, a case we posted about yesterday.

That case is essentially about “whether an individual can lead a class of plaintiffs when he was offered – and rejected – the full restitution available under the law to settle a claim,” reports the Wall Street Journal.

As the Journal reports, “critics of the class-action industry say allowing such a case to go forward despite the settlement offer would give plaintiffs’ lawyers the power to push costly litigation behind a single plaintiff without demonstrating the credibility that the claims are widespread.”

If the Court rules for the defense, writes Forbes’ Daniel Fisher, “Then class-action lawyers would have to do what lawyers are paid to do: Sign up individual clients and represent them in their litigation, instead of representing a faceless class of people who probably don’t even know their lawyer exists.”

Read the Wall Street Journal story here; and the Forbes story here.

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