Consumer Class Actions

What’s a Class Action Lawsuit?

A class action lawsuit is filed when a person acts as the plaintiff in a lawsuit representing a larger group of people that have similar legal claims against a particular defendant.

Why File a Case as a Class Action Lawsuit?

A large group of people with similar injuries can join together and fight their case together. It’s especially helpful when individual claims are small and might not outweigh the cost of legal action. With a group of people, your case is stronger.

What are My Obligations as a Member in a Class Action Lawsuit?

Individuals involved in a class action are obligated to tell the truth.

They are not responsible for paying any fees or costs associated with the lawsuit. Generally, individuals involved in the case, who are called class members, are not called upon to assist in any way. However, some class members may provide information that can help with the case.

Class member may also “opt out” of the lawsuit even after it comes to an end. In the event that class members do not like the proposed resolution, or don’t want to be involved with the action, they may exclude themselves from the class within a certain timeframe. There are exceptions to this rule and your attorney will discuss them with you if necessary.

How is a Class Member Informed of His or Her Rights?

If the court allows a case to proceed as a class action, the court sends a notice to you that explains your rights. The court will also order additional notices like an advertisement in the newspaper or online.

A class member may also search the internet to find out about class action resolutions and related information. You may also register your claim with the plaintiffs’ attorneys representing the class, who will also send out information about the lawsuit.


Why and How Does a Class Member Register a Claim?

Class members who register their claim will receive notice directly from the lawyers representing the class if the court gives the case the green light. All registered class members can receive periodic status reports on the progress of the case too.

Registration helps lawyers explain why the class certification is necessary. It also gives a lawyer an idea of how many people are involved and the amount of money needed to resolve the case.

Registered class members are also notified in advance of a case resolution.


What Do I Do If I Think I May Have a Class Action Against a Company?

You should contact an experienced law firm like Douglas, Leonard & Garvey immediately. Consumers concerned about corporate misconduct refer many of our class action cases to us.

Who Pays for the Class Action Lawyers?

In most class action lawsuits, class members are represented by attorneys who are paid on a contingency fee basis.


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