Feb 08, 2008

Is it anything like cow-tipping?

cow.jpgHow much did an attorney earn in his class action suit alleging that Sears' stoves had a tendency to tip over? $17 million. How many stoves actually tipped over? None. The attorney only alleged that if you put too much weight on a stove, it could tip over. What did Sears stove owners get from the lawsuit? If they signed on for the settlement, a stove owner could get a $100 coupon towards installation of an anti-tip bracket. How much did Sears pay to attorneys who brought a lawsuit over wheel-alignment pricing? $950,000. How much did the company pay to customers over the lawsuit? $2,402. Or as the judge in the case put it, "Doing the math in this case is easy. For each class member who received a $10 check or $4 coupon, plaintiffs' counsel received just shy of $3,000." Bonus Question: Is cow-tipping possible?

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