Originally Posted by dralb
I agree to that. I think class actions suits are a farse. The only people who profit are the lawyers and it is usually a great deal.
No system is ever perfect, and in all honesty a lot of times it does seem as though it's just lawyers after megabuck cases... Not to mention the fact that although we have many many privileges it seems we are no longer responsible for our own actions. A well known example, the jackass who drank hot coffee and sued McDonald's. other silly cases
But for every frivolous, ridiculous and bottom feeder-esque lawsuit (class action included) there's one that keeps the corporations honest. All businesses exist for one reason and that's making money; if it weren't for the checks and balances we have now(even frivolous) those same businesses would do everything in their power to make more money. If it was to the detriment of consumers, the environment or competition so what, there would be nothing that gives them a moments pause not when all they see is green...
Fact, most corporations when faced with a frivolous/ridiculous case just settle out of court because it's easier and ultimately cheaper for them. I'm sure if companies began fighting baseless cases they would dissuade lawyers and the people they represent from filing them in the first place. But since they don't fight the cases, it's a self-fulfilling prophecy/vicious cycle, they know it's inevitable that they'll get sued and yet they continue. As long as they take that approach nothing will change.
-Back on topic-
A class action lawsuit against the RIAA/MPAA is a good thing (IMHO). They need to be forcibly rebuked and put in their place for all their frivolous cases. Once it's no longer profitable/feasible to file suit with little to no evidence of the defendants wrong doing the RIAA/MPAA will stop. I say bleed em dry, what goes around comes around.
I don't support piracy, ignorance as a defense or greed... I'm just tired of corporations trying to stick it to the little guys/gals.Edited by MasterKromm - 6/26/08 at 11:03am