I got the following query by email yesterday from Erik Cansler of Class Action Administration, Inc., probably my most loyal reader (maybe my only loyal reader), and got his permission to share with the world. Unfortunately, I can’t confirm the story, but I can say that other reputable blogs, such as Overlawyered, seem to have picked it up, maybe for its entertainment value more than for its news-worthiness. I’m hoping to convince Erik to contribute some guest posts for ClassActionBlawg.com, so stay tuned.
I hope you’re doing well. Over here at Class Action Administration we’ve been working on our usual variety of cases. Lately we’ve been seeing more settlements of California class actions brought under the Song-Beverly Credit Card Act, which prohibits merchants collecting personal information (like address and phone) from customers who pay with a credit card.
The California Civil Justice Blog is reporting a new twist. I thought I’d see if you’d heard of this, and if so, whether you’ve found it to be legit (the blog entry is at http://www.cjac.org/blog/2009/01/attorney-earns-gift-cards-inst.php):
A southern California attorney who brought a class action against a clothes retailer will be paid $125,000 for his legal services — in gift cards.
Yorba Linda attorney Neil B. Fineman brought a class action lawsuit against Windsor Fashions, alleging the company was committing routine violations of the Song-Beverly Credit Card Act, according to the Metropolitan News-Enterprise.
Per the settlement agreement, class members won’t receive cash, only a $10 gift card. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brett Klein also provided that Fineman will be paid his fee with “12,500 ten-dollar Windsor Fashions gift cards.”
It seems unlikely to me. What do you think?