"In the age of mass production and mass marketing, class actions are necessary to allow individuals to take on multi-national corporations, where expenses of litigating would be otherwise prohibitive. The class becomes a de facto corporation for the purposes of suit, allowing individuals to band together and be equally matched against corporate defendants,"class action attorney Elizabeth Cabraser has observed. It's no surprise then that a bill in Congress sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as explained by Los Angeles Times consumer affairs columnist David Lazarus, effectively eliminates class actions, granting corporations immunity to defraud consumers.
Many companies already forbid you from joining other disgruntled customers in filing a class-action lawsuit, forcing you instead to take your beef to an arbitrator.
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