O! Happy day. Word came last week via email that there had been a settlement in my lawsuit against Expedia, the Internet travel site. What made this especially thrilling is that I was, until that moment, unaware that I had a lawsuit against Expedia. But apparently there was a "class action" lawsuit against Expedia, I had been notified, and had not replied. According to the class action rules, this made me automatically a plaintiff in the suit.
I'm not exactly clear what outrage Expedia committed. It may have cost me literally dozens of dollars. But I'm a reasonable man, apparently. My lawyers, Messrs Hagens, Berman, Sobol and Shapiro, LLP, settled the case for a coupon worth $29.80 off the price of any hotel room, provided that it is booked through Expedia, by the end of July 2011, at a hotel where Expedia has a "special rate," and must be used by the end of January 2012. Wow. A bit of googling revealed that the named plaintiffs in the lawsuit got $7500 each for their troubles. Berman et al got $10 million. That's right: ten million dollars. And that's in cash, of course. The lawyers don't have to spend their haul at an Expedia Special Rate hotel.