Class Action Lawsuit

Class Action Lawsuit

What is a class action?

A class action is a lawsuit in which one or more representatives file a legal claim on behalf of a large class of plaintiffs who share a common grievance.

If you have suffered losses because of a defective product, consumer fraud, or other deceptive behavior, you may be one of thousands of individuals subjected to the same harm.

It is important to know that you can participate in a class action lawsuit to seek compensation for the damages suffered. A qualified attorney can evaluate your case to determine your best course of action to obtain the compensation you deserve.

Advantages of a class action

By combining the claims of a significant number of plaintiffs into one collective suit, a class action increases the timeliness and efficacy of the legal proceedings.

Furthermore, a class action ensures that a defendant who has caused widespread injury or harm against a number of plaintiffs is held responsible for the damages.

A class action will also avoid a multitude of court rulings that create “incompatible standards” of conduct by which the defendant must abide.

Common types of class action lawsuit claims

All possible members of a class action lawsuit must share relatively similar complaints. Some common examples of claims that may spur a class action lawsuit include:

  • Defective products such as heart devices or vehicle parts
  • Dangerous drugs with undisclosed adverse side effects
  • Pattern of racial, age, or gender discrimination within a company
  • Toxic chemical contamination in a community
  • Unlawful or unfair business practices in a corporation
  • Consumer fraud
  • More
  • What steps can I take to file a class action?

    In most cases, a class action lawsuit occurs because of legal claims that affect a significant number of people (the number of complaints to achieve class action status is decided on a case-by-case basis).

    Because most claims in a class action lawsuit cause minimal physical or financial harm, it would be more practical for all the complaints to be brought before a court at one time.

    Most possible members in a class action lawsuit will automatically become plaintiffs if the suit is granted class action status. All plaintiffs will receive a piece of the settlement award to compensate for the damages they have suffered.

    Keep in mind, however, that a plaintiff has the option to “opt out” of the class action and seek an individual personal injury lawsuit.

    What can an attorney do for me?

    A skilled attorney can combine the legal complaints of a number of individuals who may not be financially capable of pursuing a claim on their own. Please contact us today to speak with a qualified and experienced attorney who will protect your legal rights and interests.

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