Unfortunately, across industries, when a corporation is targeted for a government investigation, you can almost expect that consumer class actions will follow. For in-house and general counsel, it's basically the epitome of going from bad to worse.
After all, often a government investigation will result in the publication of notices or announcements by the government agencies involved, which then results in press, which then results in consumers finding out and filing lawsuits, with ultimately results in potential dips in investor confidence and financial losses (and then actually finally investor lawsuits). Taking a look at the recent TV advertising cases that have been filed provides a good example of this phenomenon.
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