A “class action” is a case brought against the defendant(s) whose actions have caused damages to a group of people in a similar way. Class Action suits vary in complexity due to the high volume of individuals effected and/or the issue of the litigation. For this reason, class action cases consist of a representative party or parties to stand in the shoes of similarly situated persons that have suffered similar damages to represent everyone’s interest. A single person (class proponent) who has been injured may bring a class action on behalf of everyone who has been harmed. Even after the class action has started, it is common for many other injured people to join the class action lawsuit.
If the case results in a successful recovery, (either through settlement or trial) all class members receive their portion of the amount paid by the wrongdoers.
Some examples of class action lawsuits may include, but are not limited to, oil spills, release of toxic gases in the atmosphere, mold in buildings, and contaminated water just to name a few. In all of these instances, the “class” of individuals effected may consist of a few hundred or a few thousand. A class action can be filed any time a group of people (or even small businesses) have been similarly injured by wrongdoing.
If you, or a group of people you know may have suffered damages as a result of someone’s wrongdoing and perhaps you don’t know where to start, please contact us here to discuss your case. Class Actions can be complex and intimidating, allow us to do the hard work for you by contacting us for a consultation today.