Class Action Suits: Could this strange waters stem Nigeria towards accountability to consumers?

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Class Action Suits: Could this strange waters stem Nigeria towards accountability to consumers?

Published on Mon, Nov 12 2012 by cybeeus
Common to the United States, Class Action Suits are lawsuits in which a large group of people collectively bring a claim to court and/or a lawsuit in which a class of defendant is being sued (Wikipedia). In other countries, consumer organizations help present these claims or serve these lawsuits on behalf of large groups of people or consumers. In Nigeria, many companies and businesses with goods and services have the worst customer service imaginable. Worse still, they are not remorseful nor held accountable for the impact their bad goods, substandard services or crappy customer service has on the consumers; the Nigerians who keep them in business. A good example would be the aviation industry. Non of the airlines are ever on time. Airports are horror stories and purchasing flight tickets are simply episodes from the book. People miss important, life depending appointments due to flight delays that are never brought to their notice and yet, they don't get compensated. This is just a tip of the iceberg. I am not a lawyer but I wonder, is it not about time our lawyers, especially the young ones, start looking into class action suits as an avenue to speak out and stand up for Nigerians and even make a career for themselves? Why aren't class action suits popular in Nigeria? Are there government policies or constitutional laws that are lacking and need to be in place to allow them? Is this an idea Nigeria should adopt or are there better avenues to stand up for consumers in Nigeria? 

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Pikin-In-Chief
Tue, Jan 15 2013
8:17 PM
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We need a bunch of enterprising lawyers!
 
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Format. Nigerian based and focused lawyers seeking an alternative to the establishment markets. Organize as legal clinics focus on identifying, researching and mounting class-action suits on a variety of industries. Any takers, anyone? Sure, need some funds to begin, but I think such a project needs to be organized by a lawyer to begin with. Maybe run this by Akin?
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cybeeus
Fri, Jan 11 2013
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This sounds like its going somewhere and I really want to see it go further. I totally agree and support that you should start a business project to push for and encourage Class Action Suits in Nigeria. We really need it, first to improve customer service and quality control and second, to channel another path of opportunities for our lawyers.
 
I have a number of people who would be interested in this project, if initiated. If you can start the project, I will equally be happy to push for it. It has a huge potential to gain momentum once initiated and I am all in for it. I am not a lawyer either but I like and support that actions need be taken.
 
 
 
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ipifojola
Thu, Jan 10 2013
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Pikin-In-Chief
Thu, Jan 10 2013
8:38 PM
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Pitch it as a business opportunity
 
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It's allowed
Pure and simple reason for it's widespread use, at least here in the US. I am not a lawyer, but if I have enough funds to bankroll a bunch of lawyers, and assuming the awards will be worthwhile, I suspect investing in class-action suits against Nigerian corporations would be a safe investment indeed.
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ipifojola
Thu, Jan 10 2013
8:23 PM
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It's allowed
 
The legal system has adequate structural provision for class action suits, there is some technical mumbo-jumbo about combining suits that have too much variance that may not be too strict in the US, if I understand the differences properly. It's more a problem of will and 'people system' than the legal system itself.
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