Class Action Lawsuits

What is class action?

Generally, if a customer is not pleased with a recently bought product or service, he/she might decide to boycott the manufacturer and not deal with further products or services offered by that company. Sometimes, however, there is a multitude of customers who are not pleases with a certain manufacturer for the same reason. The reason for such as situation can stem form a defective product line, deceptive advertising practices or deceptive business practices in general. If, indeed, the company is obviously doing wrong, all the consumers have the chance to collectively file a lawsuit and claim damages and compensation.

Would you like to receive more information about class action lawsuits or how to be a part of a class action lawsuit?  If so, contact one of our litigation attorneys today!  They have the knowledge to answer any of your questions regarding class action lawsuits.Generally, the court notifies the consumers and lets them know that they are members of a class action lawsuit. The consumer can then decide to part take in the lawsuit and will then receive further instructions on how to participate. Of course, nobody is forced to join a class action and there is the possibility to “opt-out”.

Purpose of class action

The main advantage of class action is to reduce the number of cases a court has to handle. While every consumer theoretically could file his/her own lawsuit against the manufacturer, logistically and practically it is easier to compile all the cases into one complaint. Therefore, a class action is permissible if the number of plaintiffs exceeds the capacity of the courtroom or simply if it was impossible to bring all the plaintiffs together under the roof of one courtroom.

On a different note, class action lawsuits enable the common man to take legal action against the largest corporate or private entities, who can afford the best legal services. Class actions are an attempt to redressing the wrong done by big corporations or private entities, which often pocket a huge gain after combining the damages of every individual class member.

Types of class action lawsuits

  • Corporations/private entities
  • Contracts
  • Securities

Advantages and disadvantages of class action

Advantages

  • Effectively brings together small claims
  • Cost effective
  • Chance to bring superior resources to bear
  • Chance to bring superior legal talent to bear
  • Strong plaintiff negotiating position

Disadvantages

  • Procedural complexity
  • Possibly expensive to prosecute
  • Absent certification leaves practitioner with narrower scope than anticipated
  • Time consuming

Would you like to receive more information about class action lawsuits or how to be a part of a class action lawsuit?  If so, contact one of our litigation attorneys today!  They have the knowledge to answer any of your questions regarding class action lawsuits.Current class action lawsuits

  • Vioxx
  • Asbestos
  • Fen-Phen
  • Celebrex
  • Rezulin

Class action lawsuits have become a very common practice over the recent years. Especially with evolving business practices and new attempts to market products and services, consumers have learned to resist against fraudulent business schemes and not to accept malfunctioning or defective products. Class action lawsuits give every consumer the right and the chance to bring forth their personal experience and to set things right.

If you have any questions concering class action lawsuits or if you would like to join a class action, feel free to contact one of our litigation attorneys today.

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