Can you spot the difference between these tins? It's the basis of a class action — a lawsuit, filed by a few people, on behalf of millions.
Class actions have been around for centuries. But the modern version was created in the 1960s — in part by a young lawyer working on a manual typewriter in the back seat of a car. At the time, class actions were seen as a way to advance the civil rights movement.
Today, thousands of class actions are filed every year. Some of them are still about civil rights. But they're also about questions like: Is there enough pepper in this tin of pepper?
In this episode, we ask how we got here, and whether this is a good way to do things.
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