by Eddie C
A class action law suit was filed in New Jersey last year regarding red light traffic cameras. In that law suit the lawyers argued that fines issued before July 25th 2012 in eighteen of New Jersey’s municipalities should be retracted as the timing of yellow lights weren’t officially recertified until that day. A settlement for the case was reached by December where the plaintiffs received 6 dollars each from the 4.2 million dollar settlement while the attorney pocketed over $1 million.
That same lawyer is now representing the New Jersey plaintiffs suing the Subway franchise. The Subway lawsuit was sparked by a Facebook post of a “foot long” sandwich measuring only eleven inches. As a result, two New Jersey men visited a wide number of Subway restaurants within the state of New Jersey to find that all the sandwiches they sampled were in fact slightly less than the “foot long” length advertised. They subsequently filed a lawsuit under the New Jersey Consumer Fraud act, alleging that the Subway brand violated consumer rights.
The plaintiffs from the Subway and the Red Light Camera lawsuits may not know how congested our court system is, but their attorneys should. While the plaintiffs may truly believe they are seeking justice for the general public, it’s hard to believe that the attorneys who agreed to represent them are doing so to protect the interests of general consumers.
If this suit goes through, we have to ask – will a suit against McDonalds’s for the weight of its quarter pounder be next, and where do we draw the line?