When it comes to suing big corporations, consumers are woefully outgunned. For one, corporations are in a better position to afford hiring expensive and experienced attorneys. In addition, consumers’ individual claims are often too small for each person to go through the expense of litigating their own claim. That’s why class actions are an important tool for consumers to collectively vindicate their rights and keep corporations honest.
Corporations like Campbell-Ewald, however, don’t see class actions that way. In this clip, you’ll hear some of Campbell-Ewald’s counsel’s thoughts on class actions, including how it’s “hard to feel sorry” for plaintiffs who are unable to collectively sue big corporations. This attitude echoes Campbell-Ewald’s displeasure, as described in its opening brief to the Court, that Gomez decided to vindicate his rights in a class action suit “instead of just brushing it off.” To add insult to injury, listen as Justice Scalia chimes in to compare class action plaintiffs’ claims for relief to demands for the “key[s] to Fort Knox” and “unicorn[s].”