mirabel...I never said there should be "no" class actions...I said that if a person has a valid case, in this case, sueing an airline for hundeds of thousands, if not millions of dollars, ask an attorney to represent them. If the attorney will not do it on a contingency basis, then that's a pretty good sign that the case doesn't have much merit. On the other hand, if somebody bought a $50 zip drive and it craps out after a month, then "live and learn" should apply - the solution is very simple, don't by Iomega products anymore. If they don't improve the quality of the drive, they'll go out of business. It's called "word of mouth".. Bob is looking for something to store a lot of data on. Joe says, "Whatever you do, don't buy an Iomega Zip drive, their crap". Bob buys another product. When the Iomega execs watch their market share drop and wonder why, someone eventually will listen to the engineer who says "Well, to be frank with you, that producted sucked". But no, you get a "class action lawyer" that will fight for everybody injured by the crappy zip drive. The injured party get's a $15 certificate towards another crappy zip drive and the lawyers get a new BMW. Doesn't seem fair, does it?
You pointed out prisoners rights...as an example of a class action lawsuit with no monetary reward. I was merely pointing out that as far as I'm concerned, anybody in prison gave up most of their rights, but my tax dollars are still going to give them a better life than some poor soul on the street who has trouble feeding his family, but hasn't resorted to crime (yet). Workplace descrimination - IMHO, the vast majority of discrimination cases are a waste of time. YOu've got someone who gets pissed off because someone of a different race/sex/sexual preference gets promoted over someone else. Maybe part of why they didn't get the promotion was because of that king sized chip on their shoulder, and somebody inadvertantly got sick and tired of walking on eggshells around this person and told them to shut the heck up. It had nothing to do with "discrimination" I'm not saying that there should be NO lawsuits, but in this case, there are 200 people who are quite capable of retaining counsel to represent them. If they feel they have a valid claim, then the case will follow the pattern most often followed, and Air Transat will settle out of court. Filing a class action, IMHO, will actually serve to LIMIT what an individual can get. Maybe thats not so bad, now that I think about it...bring on the lawsuit.