Group Action in Consumer Litigation
Varied Goals of Recent Class-Action Lawsuits
Class-Action Lawsuits have traditionally been a broad avenue for the redress of all sorts of social wrongs. They have been used, with varying degrees of success, by groups fighting for minority rights, women's rights, prisoners' rights, for fair apportionment of electoral districts, for removal of objectionable television programming, for a more equitable financing of public schools, and for protection of the environment— among many other things. With the emergence of the consumer movement in the mid-Sixties, advocates soon turned to the class-action suit to fight shoddy merchandise, improper selling techniques and deceptive advertising. If, as many believe, the Seventies are to be the decade of consumerism, the class-action lawsuit may become the most effective weapon ...