SueEasy.com is a matchmaking app that connects people who have major and minor grievances in life with attorneys eager to file class action lawsuits for them. Like any good Web app, SueEasy is free, simple, and perhaps even effective.
Let's say your Web hosting company leaves you twisting in the wind, or you come back from a trip and your cell phone bill is more than your mortgage payment. In the olden days, if you were sufficiently harmed and angry, and had the fortitude of a sumo wrestler, maybe you could find an attorney who would spend months, if not years, trying to locate others similarly harmed. No more: the Internet is here to help.
To start the process of getting your would-be case off the ground, you fill in a free registration, then describe your medical, financial, product, employment, or other beef. Others can chime in. Or you can shop existing class action suits. In either case, attorneys and law firms interested in your case contact you directly regarding representation and participation in a given class action suit.
Registration is currently free for both consumers and lawyers, but the company may charge attorneys finders feeds for using the service.
Like any interesting Web app, SueEasy is attracting competitors: Time Magazine reports that WhoICanSue.com will launch next month, with the mission of letting people find out from real lawyers if they have a case, and giving lawyers first crack at would-be clients for a $1,000 annual fee.
The class action activities at SueEasy.com range from the trivial to the tragic, and while the site claims "50,000 cases processed," there's nothing to back up that claim that I could find. Is SueEasy digital ambulance chasing or using the power of the Web to fuel the righting of real wrongs? You can be the judge of that.