The San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association threw a party Thursday evening and the U.S. Supreme Court rained on it.
The high court's decision Wednesday striking down California's ban on class action waivers was an undercurrent -- well, more like an over-current -- throughout SFTLA's annual Trial Lawyer of Year Gala at the Mark Hopkins Hotel.
"Since yesterday morning there's been a kind of grieving," said SFTLA president Jonathan Gertler in opening remarks. The court's conservative majority was "condoning systematic ripoffs" by letting corporations force consumers to waive class action rights, said Gertler, of Chavez & Gertler.
"They don't know what they're talking about," declared past president Nancy Hersh, of Hersh & Hersh, calling AT&T v. Concepcion "a horrible case."
But trial lawyers are nothing if not fighters, and on Thursday some used the unwelcome ruling to help fuel the celebration.