Just doing their job? Maybe you are a class-action attorney and you can explain it to me, or all of us here.
I was reading yesterday about a class action suit against Costco for failing to temperature control their gasoline pumps. Gas does occupy different volumes at different temperatures, therefore the amount of gas you receive and pay for when the gas is 60 degrees is different than if the gas is say, 100 degrees. The temperature needs to be controlled to deliver a consistent volume.
Yes, shame on Costco for not regulating their pumps by temperature. They did lose the lawsuit and must install temperature controlled pumps.
In a class-action law suit it is usual and customary to make restitution with the customers who were wronged in some way; either by a minuscule check (pennies on the dollar) or sometimes a coupon. In most cases, it’s usually a lame attempt at making up for the error. Basically there is nothing to gain from these lawsuits by the wronged parties. I think I once received a coupon from a company who lost their class-action suit. The coupon was for $25 dollars off if I spent a $150. It’s all stupid.
But in this particular case, if you are a member of that class (i.e. a Costco member who buys gasoline) you are getting nothing in the settlement. For whatever reason, there will be no attempt to throw a bone to the consumers who dutifully bought their gasoline from Costco and most likely overpaid.
However, the attorneys will receive up to 10 million dollars for carrying on a good fight. I’m sure much longer than was necessary. What the heck?
I say Pffffttttt….as I step down from my soapbox.
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