Yummy Civil Justice Goodness

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The Tennessee Association for Justice tells us that local charitable organizations Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Meharry Medical College, Safe Have Family Shelter and Nashville Lawyers Association for Women will all benefit from a recent consumer class action lawsuit settlement.

This is like a one-two-three punch of yummy civil justice goodness:

1) Holding large corporations accountable
2) Protecting Consumers
3) Charitable giving

From the press release:

Four local charitable organizations will benefit from a recent consumer class action lawsuit settlement. Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Meharry Medical College, Safe Have Family Shelter and Nashville Lawyers Association for Women are the local recipients of the funds.

The consumer protection lawsuit was brought by purchasers of the hormone replacement drug, Estratest, who charged that Solvay deceptively marketed and falsely advertised Estratest. After payment to class members who submit timely claims a court may distribute any residue funds to nonprofit and charitable organizations whose work serves the underlying objectives of the lawsuit.

“Recently introduced legislation in Tennessee would weaken the rights of consumers to hold corporations accountable for this type of fraudulent conduct,” stated Tennessee Association for Justice President Phillip Miller. “The Tennessee Consumer Protection Act currently protects Tennesseans and Tennessee businesses from schemes when they buy, sell or acquire products or services in Tennessee. This 30 year old statute works and unnecessary changes could take away the rights of Tennesseans.”

“This case is a perfect example of how the current consumer protections work by holding businesses accountable when their product causes harm,” said Elizabeth A. Alexander, a partner in the Nashville office of Lieff Cabraser Heimmann & Bernstein, LLP who represented the consumers in this case. “Our main goal was to ensure proper compensation for those who lost money because of this company’s deceptive marketing practices. After those individuals were fairly compensated, we urged the Court to award the extra funds to charities that could make an impact on the population that was most affected in this case.”

The order issued by the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota provides that $1.025 million will be distributed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, $1.025 million to Meharry Medical College, $650,000 to local homeless shelter, Safe Haven Family Shelter, and $100,000 to Nashville’s Lawyers Association for Women. Within Vanderbilt and Meharry, the court ordered that the funds are to be used to advance research, education, or other activities directly related to the improvement of the health and wellbeing of menopausal women.

The Tennessee Association for Justice advocates for accountability and the constitutional rights of all citizens and works to protect civil justice in Tennessee.

How many of you out there know that this is common practice?

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