The other day I was checking my email on my Apple laptop and an interesting email came in: a notice about the Johnson iTunes Class Action Settlement. This class action lawsuit claimed that Apple advertised, distributed and sold gift cards, which stated that songs could be purchased at Apple’s online store for a price of 99 cents, and that customers were overcharged when, in April 2009, Apple raised the price of certain songs from 99 cents to $1.29.

The terms of the settlement are as follows: you get a credit of $3.25 at the Apple iTunes Gift Store if you bought an iTunes gift card and purchased a $1.29 song, the members of the class that brought the lawsuit get no more than $2,500 and the lawyers get $2,117,500. Once again, our dear friends the trial lawyers take away a big haul and you and I get practically nothing. Sound familiar? It should because this kind of garbage is happening every single time you get a class action notice.

We at CALA thought it might be worth giving the trial lawyers who received over $2 million some ideas on songs in the iTunes music store to purchase with their settlement money. Here we go…

1. For the Love of $ – Bones Thugs-N-Harmony

2. It’s All About the Benjamins – Puff Daddy

3. Mo Money Mo Problems – Notorious BIG

4. Got Your Money – Old Dirty Bastard

5. Billionaire – Bruno Mars

6. The Money Will Roll Right In – Nirvana

7. Take the Money and Run – The Steve Miller Band

8. Money, Money, Money – ABBA

9. If I had a Million Dollars – Bare Naked Ladies

10. Big Money – Rush

11. Money or Nothing – Dire Straights

and finally… AC/DC – Money Talks

And money does talk when it comes to class action lawsuits. These lawsuits are not about consumer rights; they are about quick money for trial lawyers. When the system can be abused like this, it’s obvious that the state and nation are in desperate need of class action reform. Just say no to the class action sham!