Originally Posted by FizzyWater
The only people who benefit from the proceeds of class action lawsuits are the lawyers. Consumers only benefit if the decision includes some kind of action or limits actions (like this one) of the participants long-term.
Too true. A perfect example of that is an occupational tax that was charged by the county I worked in at my last job. The county was charging a 1% income tax, but because certain occupations were exempt, it was declared illegal and the whole thing wound up in court in a class action suit. When it was finally settled, I got a check... it was itemized... something like $200 I'd paid in over a certain period in question, $130 of it was declared part of the settlement, $70 something went for legal fees, and I wound up getting about $60 back...
I was just like "whatever... it's $60 I didn't have before," but there's still a part of me that was irked that I about half the settlement went for legal fees...