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Supreme Court Cases that Could Spell Catastrophe for Workers and Consumers

October 13th, 2015 by

Paul Bland wrote an article entitled “3 Blockbuster Supreme Court Cases that Could Spell Catastrophe for Workers and Consumers.”  Here is an excerpt from the article:

Corporate America has been tireless in trying to sharply limit, or simply eliminate, all class action lawsuits. When corporations break the law by doing things such as not paying workers for time they work, paying women less than men, or by violating privacy rights in willful ways, Corporate America knows that workers and consumers can band together in a class action. If that ability to organize is taken away, however, in a great many cases consumers and workers will not be able to fight illegal conduct at all.  On too many occasions, corporations that don’t want to be hemmed in by consumer protection and civil rights laws have found a willing partner in battling those actions among the five conservative members of the U.S. Supreme Court. On several key occasions in recent years, the Court has invented new rules of federal law that have sharply limited when individuals can join together and enforce the law through class actions.  Things could get much worse, though. There are no less than three cases in the Court’s upcoming term that could be disastrous for consumers, workers and small businesses cheated by anti-competitive behavior that violates antitrust and other laws. In each of the three cases, the plaintiffs won in the trial court under laws that have been on the books for years and accepted by nearly all of the lower courts. In each case, Corporate America is asking the Supreme Court to invent a new federal law that would immunize them.

These are the three cases: (1) Tyson v. Bouaphaekeo; (2) Spokeo v. Robins; (3) Campbell-Ewald v. Gomez.

Pay attention to these cases in the near future and read the post by Mr. Bland.