Pivotal Class Action Lawsuits Throughout American History

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” This famous line from cultural anthropologist and author Margaret Mead is frequently quoted as a rallying cry for social movements of all kinds. But it could just as easily describe plaintiffs in class action lawsuits, for such actions are responsible for many of the most influential decisions in United States history.

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Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka

This pivotal Kansas lawsuit pitted Oliver Brown, the father of an African-American child who was not allowed to enroll in a whites-only school, against the district’s board of education. On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court handed down its decision, a 9-0 unanimous verdict in favor of Brown.

Roe v. Wade

The landmark decision of Roe v. Wade continues to ripple throughout history even today. The 1973 decision struck down a Texas law that dated to 1851, which criminalized abortion except in cases that jeopardize the life of the mother. This class action suit was a consolidation of three civil suits that had been concurrently argued in three different states.

Lois E. Jenson v. Eveleth Taconite Co.

America’s first sexual harassment class action lawsuit was filed in 1988 and forever required federal and state laws to protect workers from harassment and discrimination. The suit was settled out of court with the defendant paying damages to 15 women.

Erin Brockovich

The 2000 film Erin Brockovich is based on the case of Anderson v. Pacific Gas & Electric Co., which set a new record of $333 million in damages. This civil suit was brought by the people of Hinkley, California, against Pacific Gas & Electric, which they claimed has knowingly dumped contaminated wastewater into the groundwater, sickening residents.

Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement

One of the largest and most influential class action product liability lawsuits in history, this 1998 settlement requires tobacco companies to fund anti-smoking educational campaigns on the basis of conclusive evidence that links smoking to numerous forms of cancer and other health problems.

Class action lawsuits form a rich thread that connects significant changes in America.  If you’re ready to learn how a class action lawsuit can stack the odds in your favor, please contact the law offices of Markoff Leinberger online or call 1-877-905-5161 today to schedule a free case evaluation with our class action lawyers.