April 25, 2012 - In the year since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, consumers have regularly been blocked from pursuing class-action cases.
ince Concepcion, judges have cited the case in decisions that stopped at least 76 potential class-action lawsuits from going forward. Several judges have expressed frustration that the decision has forced them to stop consumer actions that are best suited to proceed as class actions. Class-action lawsuits historically have provided a means to combat illegal payday lending practices, contest poor business practices and confront discriminatory auto lending. But Concepcion has left many consumers without a means to pursue redress.
See the companies with which you do business who have fine print clauses stripping you of the right to pursue damages by a class action suit when they violate your rights or cheat you, in the Forced Arbitration Rogues Gallery. Their fine print is a declaration that customers, meaning you, mean nothing. Like, cheating you is part of their business plan.