CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS
There is strength in numbers. A group of people that has suffered the same or similar injuries can collectively file one lawsuit — this is known as a class action.
Individuals who are discouraged from filing suit because of the low monetary value of their claim should consider a class action suit, which combines multiple small claims into one large sum.
Class action lawsuits are often appropriate in antitrust, consumer fraud, personal injury, products liability and other cases involving a large number of plaintiffs (those bringing suit.) A few plaintiffs may file a claim on behalf of all members of the class and petition a judge for class status, which may be granted if:
The number of class members makes it impractical for all to join in the suit
The class members’ claims share common questions of law or fact
The claims or defenses are typical of those for the rest of the class
The proposed class representatives will adequately protect the interests of the entire class
Common questions of law or fact predominate over questions affecting only individuals
A class action would be superior to other methods of litigating the case
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