A class action is a type of lawsuit in which the claims and rights of a group of people are decided in a single case. Class actions are often the only practical way to stop illegal practices and recover gains because they allow regular people to join together in one case against a powerful wrongdoer. Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas explained that “The class action is one of the few legal remedies the small claimant has against those who command the status quo.”
It helps if several people are named plaintiffs in a lawsuit, however a single person is sufficient as long as the lawyer believes that a number of other people were injured in a similar way by the same organization or company. Generally, it takes 30-50 people with similar claims to qualify as a class action.
If the lawsuit is successful, the lawyer will petition the court to award attorney fees and reimburse out-of-pocket costs. If the case is unsuccessful, the lawyer does not charge a fee and will absorb the loss.
It is not only important to look for an attorney with significant experience in class action lawsuits, but to also look for an attorney who has experience in the type of class action you wish to bring. The attorneys at Finkelstein, Blankinship, Frei-Pearson and Garber have significant class action experience and will answer all your questions regarding your specific class action. Learn more about our practice areas.
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The class action is designed for people with individual claims that evolve from a common practice. Class actions are typically initiated in order to recover for damages suffered by a large number of people who have been injured by the same acts of corporate wrongdoing. Individuals bring class actions to recover money, recognizing that they could not afford to pay lawyer’s hourly fees to bring an individual suit and that their individual claim isn’t large enough to attract a lawyer who works on contingency. Through inclusion in a class of similarly harmed persons, you demonstrate to the court that the alleged harm done was substantial and impacted a large number of people, increasing both the likelihood of recovery and its size.