Big Business loves to make money. All too often, the thirst for bigger profit margins leads to an “end justifies the means” mentality in which Big Business preys on unsuspecting consumers. These corporations are so clever in what they do, that they can cheat the average person without anyone noticing. For example, corporations know that they can cheat a consumer out of $1.00 a year, and most consumers won’t even notice. Most of those that do know will not bother to do anything about it because it is just a dollar. But, when the same thing happens to 20 million people, the corporation makes $20,000,000.00.
Most of the time, the only way an individual can stop this type of fraud or unlawful conduct is to go to court. This is so because the courtroom is the only place in America where an individual can go toe to toe against the biggest, richest and most powerful corporations in the world. Over the last few years, Nix, Patterson & Roach, L.L.P. (“NPR”) has obtained numerous large awards in complex commercial litigation and class action litigation.
One of the best ways to bring about justice for a large group of injured people is through a class action. Class action lawsuits occur when hundreds, sometimes thousands of people join together in a single case against a company that has harmed them all. Over the past five years, NPR has obtained awards of over $500,000,000.00 for injured consumers in several class action cases across the country.
For example, the firm recently brought a nation-wide action against Southwestern Bell Telephone Company related to its marketing and sale of Inside Wire Maintenance Service to consumers. This action was based on violations of both consumer protection laws and antitrust laws. The Southwestern Bell action was successfully resolved by way of a nationwide settlement valued at more than $100 million, which also provided injunctive relief to a class approximating 10 million in number.
NPR also helped consumers by prosecuting a nationwide class action against Western Union and other companies relating to their provision of money transfer services from the U.S. to Mexico. Final approval of the settlement of the Western Union action, valued at more than $375 million, was recently ordered in federal court in Chicago and affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
NPR also helped consumers bring a national class action against Citibank (South Dakota) N.A. regarding unlawful credit card charges in federal court in Marshall, Texas and Los Angeles, California. This litigation resulted in a national class action settlement valued at over $100 million, which was ordered in federal court in California. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently unanimously affirmed this settlement and the court’s award of attorneys' fees.
View a copy of the Ninth Circuit’s Opinion affirming the Citibank class action here.
Today, the Firm currently is representing the named plaintiffs and class members in several class actions pending in state and federal court across the United States.
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