Plaintiffs lawyers are filing more class actions against companies under state consumer-protection laws in conjunction with, or even in place of, traditional personal injury class actions, which have become too difficult to certify. Defense lawyers say injury-related consumer class actions have grown as the plaintiffs bar has sought out new "lucrative" areas for monetary relief. But plaintiffs lawyers say the suits are a different "avenue of relief" for an economic, rather than physical, injury.
Consumer Class Actions Usurping Personal Injury Claims
The National Law Journal
July 11, 2007
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