Class Action Lawsuit Litigation
A class action is a lawsuit in which people who have been harmed in the same way by the actions of a company band together in a single lawsuit to seek compensation and redress for their injuries. The case, Brown v. Board of Education, which found segregated classrooms to be unconstitutional, was a class action lawsuit. Class action lawsuits play an important role in protecting consumers and employees against companies that wield much greater power. Class actions are generally used when too many people have been adversely affected for each of them to file a separate lawsuit. Many employment discrimination suits are brought as a class actions on behalf of multiple employees who have been wronged by their employer. Many class actions have also been brought on behalf of people injured from hazardous products, pharmaceuticals, defective products or false claims about services, fraudulent financial practices, and illegal or harmful practices.
Many people believe class actions are the most powerful legal tool available to the little guy. While few people would litigate on their own to resolve a case involving a small amount of money, by banning together with others who are similarly situated gives substantially more weight to the claim than it would have if filed by an individual. For example, the harm done to one person who is overcharged a small amount of money, even as little as $10 for a product or service, may amount to a relatively small amount of money. Yet, if that $10 is multiplied by all the people who paid it, that $10 could mean a profit of hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars to the company that charged it. A successful class action lawsuit can force the company to pay back all the members of the class plus pay a penalty.
Consumer advocacy groups often argue that without the threat of class-action lawsuits, many businesses would be completely free to engage in unfair or deceptive practices. They believe class action lawsuits are absolutely critical to prevent companies from defrauding consumers and exploiting workers.
If you have been cheated, defrauded or injured in anyway by a company but think your case just isn’t worth fighting on its own, contact me today. Other people may also have been injured or treated unfairly by the same company. I am an experienced class action attorney who has obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements for my clients. If you join in a class action, you can help yourself as well as the other people, and together we can send a message that wrongdoing doesn’t pay.