Trees vs. Fraud

I don’t typically go around espousing consumer goods and services, but sometimes you just gotta.

This morning the Supreme Court “gave corporations a major win Wednesday, ruling in a 5-4 decision that companies can block their disgruntled customers from joining together in a class-action lawsuit” (that’s the lead from the LA Times).

Instead, the companies can now block this from happening, and can force consumers into arbitration instead. One (non-SCOTUS) judge that disagrees with the decision noted that this allows a company to “insulate” itself “from liability for its own frauds by deliberately cheating large numbers of consumers out of individually small sums of money.”

(Not that AT&T has ever been the slightest bit controversial. Well, there was that one time it wrote this into its privacy policy: “AT&T — not customers — owns customers’ confidential info and can use it ‘to protect its legitimate business interests, safeguard others, or respond to legal process.” There are one or two more — okay, dozens more — of examples on Wikipedia.)

Later today I was going through my backlog of email, and found this from the company I have my cell phone service with:

CREDO is also a for-profit company, but it uses a portion of that profit to benefit progressive change. To date that’s amounted to about $65 million.

Yeah, asking me to like them on Facebook is a form of marketing. But hey — to get a tree planted? I’ll do it.

Today, the choice between these two companies could hardly be easier to make.


One thought on “Trees vs. Fraud

  1. I like the idea of Credo. Unfortunately, I need a cell phone company that has a broader range of service. Right now I’m stuck with T-Mobile, which is about to morph into AT&T (talk about horror movies). I’ll have to give Credo another look.

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