Class action lawsuit filed over egg recall

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A class-action lawsuit has been filed against two Iowa egg farms involved in a recall of 550 million eggs linked to salmonella illnesses nationwide.
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1 - 13 of 13 Comments Last updated Mar 8, 2011
Zero

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Sep 16, 2010
Class action? Great! Victims will get $100 a piece, lawyers will get $MILLIONS and we'll all pay more for eggs. How can you go wrong?
Joe

Hastings, MN

#2 Sep 16, 2010
Yup, we have way to many scumbag lawyers looking under every rock for their worm. I've never met an honest lawyer. The "justice" is done behind the closed doors of the judges chambers where they all decide how much each party is going to pay themselves. The court trial is all for show.

People would be better served to say no to these scumbag lawyers cause you are not likely to see your ship roll in full of free money.
FedUp

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Sep 16, 2010
Every single day my Spam box is inundated with emails from lawyers trying to get people involved in class action lawsuits involving various recalls. Of course, I delete them without opening them (you can tell what they are from the subject title) but I am just amazed at how many of these scumbag lawyers attempt to drum up business by doing this. If you look at any class action lawsuit, the amount any individual claimant may receive is minimal. It is ONLY the lawyers who rake in the big bucks from these lawsuits. The company's generally end up settling out of court and pass along their costs to the consumer. The only winners are the lawyers! If we would all say no to these lawsuits, eventually they'll stop filling them. Unfortunately, there are too many greedy people in this world who really think they'll get a good chunk of change out them, so they willingly follow along. Pretty pathetic.
Confused

Minneapolis, MN

#4 Sep 16, 2010
could not agree more - waste of time and money at best - in the end how do you compensate someone for a stomach ache anyhow... the egg companies should be taken care of through regulation and fines imposed by the USDA
Joe

Hastings, MN

#5 Sep 16, 2010
Where is the lawsuit against the FDA? Why is the FDA not held accountable for them not doing their job and completing inspections at the egg plants if the reports about mice and dirty conditions are true.

Same thing with the government regulators and inspectors with regard to the Gulf oil spill. They issued the drill permits and collected the big fees but didn't followup with regular inspections. I'm so sick of government not doing thier job and when things go wrong they accept no blame or responsibility.

I'm for far less stupid regulations over us and our businesses in the name of safety or environment. Our new politicians need to spend a couple of years appealing half of the laws on the books. That alone will improve business and get our economic train rolling again.

Since: Feb 08

Dubuque, IA

#6 Sep 16, 2010
What would be the damages for a case of the runs?

How about a six-pack of Charmin?

Four rolls for you, two for the lawyers.

Justice triumphs!
binar

Mankato, MN

#7 Sep 16, 2010
Joe wrote:
Yup, we have way to many scumbag lawyers looking under every rock for their worm. I've never met an honest lawyer. The "justice" is done behind the closed doors of the judges chambers where they all decide how much each party is going to pay themselves. The court trial is all for show.
People would be better served to say no to these scumbag lawyers cause you are not likely to see your ship roll in full of free money.
I have been witness to one of those meetings in the Judges Chambers. You are one hundred percent correct. Compared to the money they see even the winners are losers in the long run. The real losers of all of this will be us, the ones who pay more for eggs, yet had NOTHING to do with any of it.
FedUp

Minneapolis, MN

#8 Sep 16, 2010
steve baker wrote:
What would be the damages for a case of the runs?
How about a six-pack of Charmin?
Four rolls for you, two for the lawyers.
Justice triumphs!
No, the lawyers would get five rolls...you'd only get one.
Mike

Saint Cloud, MN

#9 Sep 16, 2010
The actual number could be much higher if you're talking profit for lawyers. And we wonder why the economy is in such a mess. Everybody suing everybody. Let the government fine these people a large amount and be done with it.
dum dums

Cotton, MN

#10 Sep 16, 2010
this company already lost enough money. no need to sue them.
Stephen Canavan

Minneapolis, MN

#11 Sep 17, 2010
You would have to be a complete moron if you didn't see this coming.
johndizzle

Chicago, IL

#12 Mar 1, 2011
While I agree there are a fair share of scummy class action lawyers out there, some of you seem to misunderstand that the purpose behind many class action lawsuits is to deter companies from taking advantage of consumers. That is, even if companies are causing only minimal damage to consumers via their practices, we want them to be punished for their wrongdoing. Companies can make millions by cutting corners or misleading consumers just a little. The harm to the consumer may be too little to justify an individual lawsuit, hence, that is where class actions step in. A class action is a procedural device that consolidates the costs of litigation by joining numerous plaintiffs into one group.

Class members may often get half or less than half of the compensation owed to them. While this is not ideal, it is in many cases, unavoidable. For the most part, this is the result of the high costs of litigation. First, the vast majority class actions settle, and settlements take into account the amount of litigation costs saved by not litigating the case to its completion. Trial is extremely expensive and very rare in class action cases, where the costs of trial are exacerbated by the size of the case. Hence, plaintiffs' compensation is reduced in anticipation of what could have been spent litigating the case to its conclusion. Second, the uncertainty of the law and jury findings creates a risk that the plaintiffs will not win their case, which reduces the expected value of the case, thereby further reducing the settlement amount. Third, plaintiff's attorneys, like every other profession in the world, do not work for free. They also take on a very high level of financial risk when litigating class action cases. Litigating a case is not cheap. Legal research is extremely expensive and used moreso in class action cases than other types of cases. Notice to class members is also very expensive and burdensome. Moreover, class action attorneys spend inordinate amounts of time on their cases; in many instances they take years to finish. This is not to mention the intimidating counsel class actio attorneys must face, as large corporations typically hire big name defense counsel and attempt to drown the plaintiffs in paper and pleadings to stall and block progress in the case. Most importantly, class action attorneys, not the plaintiffs or class members, bear the entire risk of losing the costs of litigation in their cases and the costs in many instances can exceed one millions dollars. The typical attorney's fee award in a class action case is 25% of the total settlement or award amount. But in many instances, courts analyze the class action attorney's bills to ensure that the fees are fair and reasonable in relation to the work performed and the result reached.

Class members, on the other hand, are not required to partake in the litigation in any real way. They merely need to "opt in" and sit on their asses until a check arrives in the mail. They do not have to put any real time into the suit and bear no financial risk whatsoever. The only risk they bear is that they are legally bound by the results of the suit, meaning, that if they lose, they are precluded from bringing an individual lawsuit against the same defendant for the same claims.

Granted, some suits are more frivolous than others and some attorneys manage to take up to 40% of the awards, but this is the exception rather than the norm. It is certainly healthy to have a dose of skepticism towards the legal system, but do not assume all class actions and class action attorneys are scumbags seeking to make a penny off of any pointless corporate misstep.

Since: Nov 10

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#13 Mar 8, 2011
johndizzle wrote:
While I agree there are a fair share of scummy class action lawyers out there, some of you seem to misunderstand that the purpose behind many class action lawsuits is to deter companies from taking advantage of consumers.... but do not assume all class actions and class action attorneys are scumbags seeking to make a penny off of any pointless corporate misstep.
You're not a lawyer at all. Nope. Maybe if you could cut your responses down to a paragraph here and in your proceedings, you could save us all some time and money. Succinct. It's a beautiful word, look it up. And you wonder why these class actions suits take up so much time and money away from the victims. Lawyer-speak plus red tape equals waste.

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