Supreme Court ruling is bad news for consumers

April 30, 2011 San Francisco Chronicle

It went nearly unnoticed in a week of royal matrimony and birth certificates. The Republican-appointed majority on the Supreme Court gave corporations a major victory at the expense of consumers….

The case blesses shady business tactics. Firms can get away with credit card overcharges, unauthorized fees or a phony bill because a showdown class action lawsuit isn’t allowed. The ruling casts a shadow on another case before the high court in which 1.5 million women are seeking to bring a class action case against Wal-Mart for sex discrimination.

Congress could fix the situation by mending the arbitration law to allow for group lawsuits. But that’s hard to imagine given the pro-business GOP majority in the House, no doubt delighted by the ruling.
full article – http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/04/29/EDQJ1J9PMH.DTL#ixzz1L18ja0xy

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