Truth, Justice, and the American Way

This weekend, I received a check in the mail for $0.17. It was apparently my share of the proceeds from a class action lawsuit against one of the banks with whom I used to have a credit card. Though I never noticed anything amiss with their business conduct, I was apparently callously bilked out of nearly enough money to buy a gumball without being aware of it! Thank heaven for the ceaseless vigilance of the American system of jurisprudence.

Why do I suspect that the only people who got more than the price of first-class postage out of this were the lawyers?