I am not overly familiar with class action suits, so probably there are others here who know more about it than I do. My impression is that the lawyers do very well through class-action suits, while the parties to the suit generally see only a few dollars from it. I know that has often been the case, but don't know if that is usually the case. Something happens for which someone is to be held responsible, in which a large number of people are injured, whether physically or in some other way. Generally, people who are injured have the right to file suit against those responsible, seeking compensatory and sometimes even punitive awards in a court of law. When the damaged people don't have the funds to finance their own lawsuits, or even if they can, the lawyers encourage them to band together so that they can file a class action suit. After signing on, the parties to the suit have very little to do with the course of the suit, and they pay nothing out of pocket. Mostly, they wait around, sometimes for years, for the suit to be concluded. Then the money is divided between the parties of the suit, in some manner, and I know that, at least in many cases, the amount that any one person gets is barely enough for a vacation or even a good meal. This is because, over the years of suits, negotiations take place of which the parties to the suit are not part, and the only winners are the lawyers. That's my impression, anyhow, although I know some class action suits have resulted in large payouts. During an antiwar demonstration in Washington, DC, I was arrested by the police and held for a couple of days in what seemed to be a sports stadium with hundreds of other people, given that all of the usual places to hold prisoners were full. At the time, people were saying that it was the old Washington Senators Stadium, but I learned later that it had already been dismantled. It was some stadium in or very near DC, anyhow. It was actually kind of fun, and I wasn't put out by it. A few months later, I received a packet from a law firm wanting me to sign on to a class action suit for illegal detainment or something, I don't remember. I didn't bother signing on to it. It was later settled for what looked like a large amount of money, but my understanding was that the parties to the suit didn't get much at all.