Following several plaintiff victories earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court has now made it harder for consumers to bring class-action lawsuits against providers of products and services such as mobile phones and cable TV.
SCOTUS Rules for Corporations in AT&T case
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled for AT&T in a closely watched case on arbitration agreements. The Court ruled on a case filed by a California couple who had accused AT&T of committing fraud when it charged them $30 for phones that were advertised as being free. In its ruling, the Court found that federal arbitration law preempts a California state law. The case is AT&T Mobility v.Concepcion. (Reuters – April 27, 2011)
There is a long history of trial lawyers, labor and workers’ rights. The labor movement in its infancy worked closely with trial lawyers, indeed, counted on trial lawyers’ efforts to help secure even the most modest of rights. As the years went by, some of the great trial lawyers of the 20th Century stood up for workers and labor leaders as industry leadership sought to intimidate and harass the fledgling unions into submission.
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As the year comes to an end and I reflect back on the year that was, I’m proud to say that I am president of ITLA and oversee a membership full of outstanding trial lawyers who do what they do in order to help Illinois citizens. And that’s exactly what we did this past year.
Since I’ve been president of ITLA, things have been very busy. We are fighting the attacks from those seeking to “reform” our civil justice system. Corporate special interests have been at the forefront – and spending millions – attacking our constitutionally protected rights. As the election gets closer, those attacks are becoming more frequent.