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Class Actions

Class Actions allow for a large group of people who have been injured or suffered losses from the same party to receive compensation. The people who bring a class-action case are often called “class representatives” or “named plaintiffs,” and their names are listed in the title of the case. They sue on behalf of themselves and other people who have similar claims, called the “class” or “class members.”

Class actions may be brought in state or federal court and may involve class members in one state, several states or throughout the country. Class action cases help to further the goals of consumer protection and protect the rights of consumers. For example, if an individual consumer suffers a loss of $50 or $100, the consumer is unlikely to sue to recover such a small sum. Class actions permit consumers to pool legal claims that might be uneconomical and unrealistic to litigate individually.

A class action is a critical deterrent to the future misconduct of defendants (the persons or corporations being sued) and others in the same industry. While successful class actions may bring only small recoveries to each individual class member, when all class members’ recoveries are combined, the total amount recovered may be substantial-perhaps even millions of dollars. Such an award becomes a tremendous incentive for businesses and individuals to adopt more ethical practices.

In class action suits, class members and their consumer class action lawyers often act as “private lawyers general” to enforce laws to protect the public at large by obtaining court orders leading to significant changes in wrongful practices and requiring disgorgement of illegal profits.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is a class action lawsuit?

When a large group of people experience the same or similar injuries from a product, service, or action, they can come together as one entity to sue the defendant in a class action lawsuit. In these cases, the defendant is usually a company or corporation. One lawsuit is filed on behalf of everyone in the group, all claims are tried in a single court, and all members receive compensation, regardless of the degree of harm they suffered.

All kinds of injuries are grounds for a class action lawsuit. Frequently, they involve defective products such as cars, pharmaceutical drugs, or medical devices. Consumer and security fraud, as well as corporate misconduct, are also grounds for class action lawsuits.

If you’ve suffered an injury of this sort, it may seem relatively minor. Filing an individual suit may not seem financially worthwhile. However, when considered as a group, these kinds of cases increase in value and viability.

What are the advantages of joining a class action lawsuit?

If you have limited time and financial resources, a class action lawsuit may be the only viable way to receive the compensation you deserve.

Here are some advantages of joining a class action lawsuit:

  • No lawyer fees.
  • If the case is successful, attorneys are usually paid out of the recoveries.
  • Efficiency.
  • One court, one judge, one decision. The process is streamlined and far less stressful to you.
  • Opportunity to recover small damages .
  • It may not pay to hire a lawyer and go to court for minor damages, even if you suffered. But in class actions, the brunt of responsibilities is off your shoulders, and you only stand to benefit.
  • Uniform judgments and compensation.
  • When a defendant faces multiple lawsuits, the outcome of one lawsuit may affect another, and plaintiffs who file earlier may receive more compensation. Class actions provide a common standard.

You don’t need to stand alone. Bolster your case with an experienced attorney and other people who have experienced similar harm.

How do class action lawsuits get started?

It only takes a single individual to contact an attorney and initiate a class action lawsuit on behalf of all who were harmed. Often, once the suit has been started, more people join to form a substantial group.

In some cases, the law may require a minimum number of members for class actions. In general, 50 members is almost always considered enough. However, this is by no means a hard and fast rule. The only way to know for certain whether your situation will stand in court as a class action lawsuit is to move forward with the process. The first step is to contact a Morgan & Morgan attorney for a free case assessment.

Does joining a class action lawsuit cost me anything?

No. You do not have to pay a dime to join a class action lawsuit. If the suit is successful, lawyer fees are typically taken off the top of any recoveries. The only thing you give up when you join a class action is the right to file an individual suit against the defendant.

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