In 2016 I argued Hammond v. Stamps.com, 844 F.3d 909 (10th Cir, 2016) before our now US Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch.
Class-action lawsuits can be socially beneficial. It isn’t unusual to see big corporations allegedly taking advantage of individual consumers in small little ways, where each individual person loses only a small amount of money. But the profits to big corporations resulting from little wrongs done repeatedly to many people over time, can add up to millions of dollars. In Stamps.com, I argued the case should be in state court, which was where I filed it. But if over $5,000,000 is “in controversy” in a class-action lawsuit, federal courts have jurisdiction. So Stamps.com said this lawsuit arguably affected over 300,000 people and, based on that, Justice Gorsuch opined that possibly as much as $93,000,000 was at issue.
Consumer protection lawsuits can be interesting and challenging. For good results in these types of matters, your lawyer must pay attention to the details and must understand the sometimes very complex laws that apply. Read more about my experience at Consumer Protection I am not on “a learning curve” as to these kinds of case. I have successfully handled many of these types of cases all the way through jury trial.
I have been lead counsel in some class-action lawsuits that resulted in social good to correct corporate wrong-doing. A current project I am working on is I sue telemarketers who unlawfully robo-call and auto-dial cell phones, thereby harassing many people every day and willfully invading their privacy in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“the TCPA”). According to the Federal Communications Commission there are as many as 100 million telemarketing phone calls EVERY DAY. If you are fed up with unwanted telemarketing calls, calls that continue despite the fact you registered your phone on the National Do-Not-Call Registry at www.donotcall.gov, Call-Childress at 505-433-9823 and I’ll explain how you can charge telemarketers $1500 for each unlawful call plus court costs and attorney fees.