i know i will get flamed for this, but i have to defend my profession. this is a good example of the reason courts have allowed class actions:
many people who claim that they were wronged in the same way by one defendant, typically a large corporation with huge resources. typically, the amount of harm is small so your average attorney is not going to accept the case and fight a stable of corporate attorneys. it would bury most law firms.
the plaintiffs attys do not get paid either way. they must win the case or achieve a settlement. also, the court must approve the settlement and attys fees.
yes, there are abuses. oddly the mcdonalds case isnt one of them. google it and you will see that the woman was not driving when the coffee spilled, she suffered 3rd degree burns, was hospitalized for 8 days, underwent skin grafts. she sought 20k from mcdonalds and they refused. it was proven mcd's kept the coffee at 180 degrees, they knew it would burn you, and had 700 burn complaints and did nothing.
sorry about the lack of caps, but had surgery today on my wrist, so this is one-handed. quite a challenge, right db? some caps/punctuation made with pencil in mouth to hit the shift key lol
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