SCOTUS Punts on Cy Pres Issue; Millions Would be Paid to Lawyers and Causes of their Choosing, While Class Members Get Nothing

Legal Newsline cited CEI President Kent Lassman on Frank v. Gaos.

In Frank v. Gaos, a class action-related case initiated by former Competitive Enterprise Institute attorneys, the Supreme Court wants the lower courts to address the plaintiffs’ legal right to sue.

CEI President Kent Lassman said in a statement that certain aspects of the case were unresolved and he was disappointed with the High Court decision.

“While we are disappointed the Supreme Court did not rule on the merits of Frank v. Gaos, CEI is proud of our role shepherding the case to the Supreme Court and the work of Ted Frank and Melissa Holyoak, now with the Hamilton Lincoln Law Institute,’’ Lassman said. 

“Together we have steadfastly advocated for consumers and for reform of a system that allows unscrupulous attorneys to put their own interests ahead of their clients’. We are confident the standing issue will be resolved in the lower courts and the Supreme Court can take the case again.

“Regardless, the precedents set by Frank and Holyoak help ensure the class action system is reformed to the benefit of consumers and class members.”

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