Thursday, June 18, 2009

A’s Settle Class Action Brought By Male Lawyer Irked At Mother’s Day Giveaway

I am regularly referred to as either ultra or uber liberal not sure which. Both of which I view as a compliment by the way. But even I can' go quite this far. I strongly believe in the anti-discrimination laws in this country but this is an abuse of those laws.

Just in time for Father's Day this weekend, a San Diego lawyer and the Oakland A's have settled a controversial class-action lawsuit over a Mother's Day giveaway in 2004.

The $500,000 accord ends a five-year sex discrimination suit in which lawyer Alfred Rava complained he and other men couldn't get a free plaid reversible hat offered to women who attended the May 8, 2004, game, the Oakland Tribune reports.

Rava, who draws the ire of tort reformers, also has sued Macy's department stores, the sponsor of the giveaway.

The settlement, which is expected to be made final in August, allows payment of up to $250,000 for 2,500 men who can prove they were at the game. Each individual can receive up to $100. A remaining $260,000 is being set aside for court-approved attorney fees and includes an enhancement fee" up to $20,000 for Rava for representing the class.

Rava is no stranger to this type of litigation, according to numerous press accounts. The Oakland Tribune notes that Rava has acted as counsel or plaintiff in several Southern California actions against restaurants, nightclubs and other businesses that offer Ladies' Night promotions.

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