A class action lawsuit is often used where many individual people have claims against a business, but the claims are so small that bringing a single lawsuit is not worth the cost or effort. A class action lawsuit allows one person to file a lawsuit as a “class representative,” bringing a claim on behalf of himself/herself, and on behalf of other people who have similar claims. Later, the lawyers will file a motion with the court to allow the case to proceed as a class action.
Class actions are powerful because rather than facing one or only a few very small claims, the defendant is now faced with the possibility of having to pay hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars to a class of many people. Because of this risk, most class actions cases settle before trial.
A person who files a potential class action case typically does not pay anything to the attorneys who seek to represent the class. Rather, the fees are either paid directly by the defendant or are paid out of the what the defendant has to pay to the class.
Class actions are most commonly brought by consumers of products or services who believe that a company did not provide what was promised. Examples of claims would include breach of contract, unfair business practices and invasion of privacy.
At Polek Law, we have years of experience with class action lawsuits, both bringing them and defending them. Contact us if you think you have a claim.