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Class Action Law Suits under Fire

Written by Charles J. Hodge on December 15th 2015.

Earlier this year, an attorney for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the largest lobbying group for business, attempted to argue before a U.S. House committee that some class-action laws suits should be labeled “no injury” and treated differently. The Chamber and other pro-business groups were trying to persuade the government to let businesses that produce faulty or mislabeled products off the hook, without real consequences, if their bad products did not cause what the Chamber calls “injury.”

Thankfully, consumer advocacy group Public Citizen published a report, “The Fiction of the ‘No-Injury’ Class Action,” that argues that consumers do suffer when they purchase bad products— either by having to spend money to repair them, or by being misled into purchasing them in the first place.

Linda Lipsen, the CEO of the American Association for Justice, spoke out in support of Public Citizen’s report:

"When corporations sell consumers defective products, we need to be able to hold them accountable. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the lobbying group for the biggest corporations, wants a way to let manufacturers and other businesses cheat consumers and get away with it. These corporations want Congress to pass a law (the so-called Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act) that would allow them to sell consumers defective products and not be held accountable."

A new study from Public Citizen debunks the Chamber’s own arguments in support of the bill and shows that class actions are a powerful tool for combating corporate wrongdoing and consumers who have been ripped-off. Here’s something else to debunk: Businesses who think they can get away with rip-offs by tipping the playing field in their favor.

At Hodge & Langley Law Firm, we’ve seen firsthand how customers who have suffered from defective products had only the justice system as recourse to receive adequate reimbursement and compensation to help cover their expenses and losses. Our attorneys are experienced in class action, mass tort and product liability litigation designed to protect consumers from the actions of negligent corporations. We reject the “no injury” classification of class-action suits and the rip-off perpetrators it supports.

If you’ve suffered economically or physically from a defective product, contact Hodge & Langley Law Firm today for free initial consultation of your case.

Posted in Mass Torts | Product Liability & Recalls