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Class action central: coupon for plaintiff, $290K for lawyer



As the Wall St. Journal's Law Blog notes, it's getting better and better.

Jane Doe buys 800-thread count sheets. They don't feel right. She has the threads counted. Turns out there are two schools of thought about how to count threads. One method gives these Bed Bath and Beyond sheets 800. The other gives them 400. Upshot: class action. "A dry goods Enron", exclaims the plaintiffs' lawyer.

BB&B denies liability but settles anyway, blah blah blah. " �All purchasers between August 1, 2000 and November 9, 2007 of multi-ply sheet sets, pillowcases, down comforters, bedskirts, shams, duvets, and down pillows from Bed Bath & Beyond that were labeled as �plied,� �two-ply,� or �2-ply� shall be eligible to receive �a series of refunds and discount certificates.� The class representative gets $2,500. The lawyers receive $290,000.

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Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy
rmangual@manhattan-institute.org

Katherine Lazarski
Manhattan Institute
klazarski@manhattan-institute.org

 

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