A class action is a type of lawsuit in which the one or several persons sue on behalf of a larger group of persons. The claims and rights of many people are able to be decided in a single case. Specific plaintiffs are named in the lawsuit to assert the claims of the entire class so that everyone with the same claim or injury does not have to file their own separate lawsuit. Also, because they allow people whose damages are too small to warrant an individual lawsuit to try their cases together, class actions can often be the only practical way to stop illegal practices. Class action suits have allowed individual people to stand up against the most powerful companies in the world and allow them to hold them accountable for their actions.
While the subject matter of class action lawsuits can vary widely, two factors are almost always present for every class action:
• The issues in dispute are common to all members of the class, and
• The persons affected are so numerous as to make it impracticable to bring them all before the court.
Some types of cases that can be brought as class actions suits are:
Consumer Class actions:
Consumer class actions are generally brought when consumers complain about being injured by a company’s systematic and illegal practices. Examples of such consumer complaints include illegal charges on bills, illegal penalties for late-payments, and failure to comply with consumer protection laws. While consumers often write a complaint letter to such companies, complaint letters often go unanswered, in which case you’ll want to contact a class action consumer lawyer regarding your consumer complaint.
Securities Class actions:
Securities class actions are typically brought on behalf of a group of investors who have been injured as a result of a company’s improper conduct, such as misstating earnings, concealing or misrepresenting risks, or otherwise engaging in activity detrimental to the company.
Employment Class actions:
Employment class action lawsuits are typically brought on behalf of employees of a large company for claims ranging from systematic workplace discrimination to unpaid overtime pay.
Many of our cases started as the result of complaints by one or a handful of persons. If you have been harmed by a fraud, defective product, illegal conduct, or a deceptive practice, please feel free to contact us
If you believe you have been wronged by a company and think you may qualify to participate in a class action lawsuit, contact our class action attorneys today.