Analysts including Brendan Burke, an employment discrimination law expert at Navigant Economics consultants, said the Wal-Mart decision may lead to an increase in smaller putative class-action lawsuits
against large employers, which could actually increase the cost to defendants.
A key committee of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a nonpartisan association of state legislators with 2,400 members, has approved a model law designed to limit the ability of trial lawyers to file class-action lawsuits
that undermine the authority of state regulatory agencies.
"Reform of the class-action lawsuit
system will reduce frivolous lawsuits, spur business investment, and help restore sanity to our nation's legal system."
The law--the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005--would move from state court to federal court any class-action lawsuit
in which the amount of damages claimed was greater than $5 million and involved citizens in different states.
Labor unions, for example, have attacked the company for discouraging workers from unionizing and demanding better pay, and a recent class-action lawsuit
contends that women are not promoted to management positions as frequently as men.
A nearly decade-old legal case involving several corn processors who allegedly fixed the price of high fructose corn syrup ended when the last of the companies settled a class-action lawsuit
In February 1999, the Sacramento Sheriffs Department settled a class-action lawsuit
alleging numerous acts of torture, including mock executions, where guards strapped inmates into a restraint chair, coveted their faces with masks, and told the inmates they were about to be electrocuted.
Currently, residents of all states can participate in a class-action lawsuit
brought before their respective state courts.
* The California Court of Appeals last month overturned two rulings in a class-action lawsuit
dismissing complaints against Avon Products Inc.
has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit
by agreeing to be more forthcoming with physicians about its business practices.
[Such activists plan a] class-action lawsuit
against corporations and, possibly, the United States."
IT security became a very large ITM issue with the advent of the Cobell class-action lawsuit