Two op-eds published today highlight the philosophical debate over the impact of the Supreme Court’s recent decision in AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion.
The first, published by the New York Times, argues that the decision is a “devastating blow to consumer rights” because it makes it practically impossible for many consumers to seek vindication of their rights in any forum.
In response, Forbes contributor Daniel Fischer argues that Concepcion’s limitation on consumer class actions does not really harm consumers because consumer class actions really only benefit lawyers. As a prime example, he points to the controversial proposed settlement in a class action involving DirectBuy to which 36 attorneys general and a consumer rights organization have objected.
I would recommend reading both articles for anyone interested in the possible social and legal implications of the Court’s recent decision.