CCL urged the Supreme Court not to make many class actions prohibitively expensive by indulging a presumption that they lead large companies to settle cases unwarrantedly. Careful analysis of over thirty years of empirical study indicates that the proposition simply is not true, CCL’s John Vail wrote in an amicus brief filed today on behalf of the American Association for Justice, AARP, and Public Justice, P.C., in Comcast v. Behrend, No. 11-864. Class actions often are the only way small claims against large companies can be litigated, the brief states.

The case will be argued Nov. 5.