What Is A Class Action Lawsuit?
A class action is a type of lawsuit in which the complaints or claims of a group of people are decided in a single case. This is done so that everyone with the same claim or injury doesn’t have to file individual lawsuits. Class actions allow people whose damages are too small to file separately to team up to form a larger group to try their cases together.
With more than 20 years of legal experience including class action lawsuits, the attorneys at the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess can guide you through the legal battlefield of class action law helping you get the financial compensation deserved.
Notable Class Actions Suits
Notable class action suits include Dow Corning Breast Implant Litigation (1998 settle for $3.2 billion), Nortel Networks (settled in 2006 for $2.4 billion), AOL Time Warner (settled in 2005 for $2.5 billion), Exxon Valdez Oilspill (judgment 2001 for $5 billion; later reduced to $500 million), Master Tobacco Settlement (Settled in 1998 for $206 billion over 25 years), and Enron Securities (settled in 2006 for $7.2 billion).
The typical class action lawsuit involves a situation where a large group of people is injured in a similar manner. There are four primary types of class action lawsuits:
- Securities Class Actions: i.e., investment fraud.
- Product liability/Personal Injury Class Actions: i.e., defective product, such as a drug with harmful side effects, and a catastrophic even such as a train derailment harms many people.
- Consumer Class Actions: i.e., illegal charges on bills, illegal penalties for late-payments, and failure to comply with consumer protection laws.
- Employment Class Actions: i.e., unpaid overtime, failure to provide breaks or overall workplace discrimination.
You frequently hear of class action cases against pharmaceutical companies, or automobile manufacturers with faulty parts safety issues.
A class action is usually generated by one or more people who feel that they, along with a group of other people, have been wronged. An attorney files suit on behalf of the individual(s) and/or group. The lawyer then files a motion asking the court to formally recognize the case as a class action. If the court grants that motion, the other people who were similarly wronged are notified of the class action and are given an opportunity to participate in the class action as a member of the “class.”
A single person can file a class action lawsuit. It’s not common, but it happens. However, in the majority of cases, there is a minimum number of claimants required in order to file the case as a true “class action.”
If you feel that you have been injured or discriminated against and feel that you have grounds for a class action lawsuit, speak to an experienced Louisiana class action attorney at the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess.
In general, the lawyer will advance all of the costs and fees and later petition the court to award attorney fees and reimburse out-of-pocket costs. If the case is unsuccessful, the plaintiff’s lawyer absorbs the loss.
Our Louisiana attorneys at the firm of L. Clayton Burgess have worked with individuals who have been victims of wrong-doings by large corporations. We aim to collect consumer complaints against companies and examine every possible avenue for compensation.