What Is a Class Action Lawsuit?
A lawsuit involves a plaintiff (the person that has been wronged) and the defendant (the person that’s defending a claim). Sometimes there may be multiple plaintiffs and defendants in a lawsuit. A situation may also arise where there are too many plaintiffs that bringing them into a single trial can be possible. In such cases, what is going to happen? They are similar to collective actions.
Let’s explain this a little bit; supposedly, a company sold a harmful product to about 1 million customers, and the product does harm to all these one million customers. So now, when it comes to filing a suit, there are two options. The first one is that every one of those million people files individual lawsuits to the company, which will become a very tedious task to the court, and this looks impractical, or the second option is that those million people join a class action suit. When they enter a class action suit, they select members who will represent them in the court. These members will serve every member as plaintiffs that have the same problem and damages with the company.
That’s what class action lawsuits are all about, that a small group of people brings a lawsuit affects a mass number of people. The essence of a class action is to reduce multiple trials for the same situation. Instead of the court dealing with thousands or even millions of people, one plaintiff can file a lawsuit on behalf of other members who have been affected. People have the right to lodge a suit against any company that harms them or violated their rights.
Class actions are filed when damages done to the consumer is relatively small to grant a separate lawsuit. Class actions are also suitable when consumers want to change the policy of a particular company. There are a lot of cases where class actions are the best way to deal with a lawsuit. This involves unfair trade and marketing practices, violation of consumer privacy, illegal debt collection practices, consumer fraud practices, and many other things that involve many people. Some of the ways companies violate consumer rights include sending robot-calls, unlawful bill charges, charging customers for service that has not been offered any other situation where consumer’s rights are violated.
Consumer Class Actions – What You Need To Know
It is advisable to register for any consumer class-action lawsuit that applies to your situation. There will be adverts requesting individuals with a similar problem to register for such a class-action trial. If you still believe you are part of a consumer lawsuit and you have not been notified, you should visit the consumer class lawsuit site. Most class action lawsuits are registered on this website. You can also visit the consumer protection arm within your state.
All of those who are affected by a particular problem is automatically added to that specific class action lawsuits. You can, however, remove yourself from the proceedings. This should be done officially. Once you are registered in a particular class action lawsuit, you don’t have the permission to file a separate trial.
If the damages done to you are more significant than other members in that class action, you can lodge your separate lawsuit. But before doing that, you should first talk to a professional attorney for guidance and actionable steps to be taken. You should also know that in any consumer class action, the compensation for the damages is relatively small per individual. It might be useful just to accept whatever the company offers as damages because if you don’t, it may be passed on to another member in the same class action.
As been said earlier, if you’ve been affected with the same problem that affects a large number of people when a class action lawsuit is filed, you’re automatically added to that class action. That doesn’t mean you don’t have the right to make a separate claim in the court, but you have to bow out of the class action lawsuit before that officially. You can hire your private attorney to make your claims, especially if the damages were done to you has far exceeded other peoples’ damages.
In some cases, however, if the damage is not worse, you should accept the little money offered and move on. You could donate such funds to charity if the members in a class action didn’t take the money offered by the company. The company may pay all the money to a charitable organization.
If you want to file a class-action lawsuit, you should contact Massey & Duffy for a free consultation on how to tackle the matter effectively.