Let’s Be Fair: Bluetooth lawsuit leaves consumers seeing red

Bob Dorigo Jones | Senior Fellow, The Center for America

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TRANSCRIPT: I’m Bob Dorigo Jones.

How many people have YOU sued today? None? Well, you might be surprised.

If you own a cell phone or any one of hundreds of other products, chances are you’re a member of a class action lawsuit.

The problem is, the lawyers filing these lawsuits in your name often don’t get YOU anything, but THEY walk away rich.

In one class action lawsuit filed against the makers of Bluetooth headsets, a federal judge awarded the lawyers $850,000, but the people those lawyers claimed to represent, Americans who actually use these headsets, got nothing.

Oh, the judge did order the product makers to create some more warning labels. But let’s be fair, are you happy getting nothing more than labels that warn about the obvious while lawyers get rich?

I’m not, and I created the Wacky Warning Label Contest to shine a spotlight on America’s lawsuit problem and to show how we all pay. Soon, I’ll be announcing the winners of our 13th annual contest. One wacky label we found on a Bluetooth headset will leave you wondering whether to laugh or cry. So stay tuned.

To out more, visit FoundationForFairCivilJustice.org.

Bob Dorigo Jones, who serves as Senior Fellow for the Foundation for Fair Civil Justice, is the author of the bestselling Remove Child Before Folding, The 101 Stupidest, Silliest and Wackiest Warning Labels Ever. He is the host of a new national radio/Internet commentary, “Let’s Be Fair,” through which he shares important stories about the impact of crazy lawsuits and a litigation-happy culture on our communities and families.

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