What Is a Class Action Lawsuit?
A class action lawsuit is a case filed against a defendant by a group of people with similar injuries caused by the same product, action, or practice.
The basis of a class action is typically one of the following:
- Defective product
- Illegal corporate practice
- Illegal pay practice
In a class action, one or more class representatives bring their claims on behalf of the entire group of similarly injured people. Other members of the class are informed of the lawsuit and given the chance to participate or opt-out.
How Do You Benefit from Participating In a Class Action Lawsuit?
- Smaller Injuries: If a group of people suffer (relatively) minor injuries or financial harm, it might be too expensive to pursue an individual lawsuit. However, when combined with other individuals who suffered similar injuries or harm, the value of the claims adds up and allows for effective prosecution.
- Impractical Litigation: Because a class action lawsuit brings together multiple claims at once, the process is much more efficient. The costs of bringing the case are shared amongst the many class members instead of just one claimant.
- Cost-Savings: Because the litigation is combined, the cost of litigation is greatly reduced in a class action. The same experts, witnesses, and documents can be used once, rather than hundreds or even thousands of times.
What Does It Mean to Opt-Out of a Class Action Lawsuit?
To opt-out means to choose not to participate in the lawsuit. When someone opts out they do not receive any share of the settlement if class representatives win or the defendant decides to settle.
A person who decides to opt-out can file an individual lawsuit at a future date.
TYPICAL CLASS ACTION CLAIMS
There are many issues that are well-suited to class action lawsuits. Some of the most common class action lawsuits include product injuries, wage and overtime claims, and consumer claims.
How Do You Start a Class Action Lawsuit?
If you believe you’ve been involved in a situation that warrants a class action lawsuit, the first thing you should do is document any injuries or financial harm as a result of it. For example, if a product has injured you or a family member, be sure to get photos of the products as well as medical records documenting the injury.
If you believe you belong to a class that is involved in a lawsuit, but you have not been notified, you can find the information you need to be a class member in the local newspaper or online. Typically, information is available regarding the law firm/attorneys involved. You can use this information to contact the firm and express interest in being involved.
Lastly, you need an experienced class action attorney by your side who can help you organize your claim.
>>Learn more: How to Start a Class Action Lawsuit
HOW CAN HABUSH HELP?
If you have been involved in a situation that may warrant a class action lawsuit, we can help. Contact our class action lawyers Jason Knutson or Breanne Snapp today at 608-255-6663 to gain a deeper understanding of your rights and learn about how we can fight for you.