FCC Denies Petition Seeking Ability to Bring Class Actions

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The Federal Communications Commission has denied a 2012 Solvable Frustrations, Inc. (SFI) Petition for Rulemaking requesting that the Commission amend its rules to allow plaintiffs to bring class actions against common carriers before the agency. SFI argued that the Commission should  allow class actions because they allow class members to share litigation costs (making it possible for wronged individuals to seek relief for minor injuries) and conserve administrative resources. The Commission found no need for it to entertain class actions because such suits may be brought in federal court. Further, it found that allowing class actions to be brought before it would needlessly divert limited resources from the Commission’s existing duties without benefiting the public.

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