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Big Business vs. Customers: Supreme Court Weighs In

In a series of rulings this year, the U.S. Supreme Court has steered a consistent course against consumers or small businesses that want to bring class action lawsuits against corporate defendants.Comcast Corp , Whirlpool Corp and Sears Holdings Corp's Sears Roebuck & Co are among the companies that have benefited from the court's rulings in recent months.American Express Co was the latest to benefit in a ruling on Thursday that marked the last Supreme Court class action ruling before the court's nine-month term ends next week.Out of a total of seven class action-related cases that the court took action on, only once did a defendant lose. Amgen Inc lost in a case that experts say was limited to certain lawsuits involving shareholder claims against companies.Class action lawsuits usually are driven by specialist plaintiffs' lawyers, who file claims on behalf of groups of consumers over such issues as defective products and unfair business practices. In the Whirlpool and Sears cases, whi...

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