Thursday, April 28, 2011
SCOTUS Rules Against Class Action
The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of AT&T in AT&T v. Concepcion yesterday which forces consumers individually into arbitration. If the contract you signed reads that arbitration is not allowed, rather than seeking redress in class action suits, you'll have to wing it alone. We'll need to read the fine print in every contract we sign forever, but even if you can't read, you can't fight big business in a group. Once more this conservative court ruled for corporations, and against citizens. I learned in grade school that the Supreme Court's job is to uphold the Constitution and protect citizens' rights. Where does it say in the Constitution that corporations are people? Oh, that's right. I forgot. This Court already settled that in Citizens United v. U.S. Election Commission. What does this mean for Dukes v. WalMart? That case is a little more skewed. At issue for The Supremes to decide is whether that class action suit just has too damn many people, which apparently is their thinking on the country overall. Stay tuned.