A consumer class action is a lawsuit in state or federal court that is brought by one individual, or a few individuals, on behalf of a larger class of people similarly situated.
Typically it seeks damages on behalf of the named persons bringing the suit as well as the members of the “class.” Class action claims can involve mass disasters, consumer product defects and failure, or even violations of state consumer protection laws.
The purpose for class actions is to combine the smaller-dollar claims of a large number of people in order to pursue the claims cost-effectively and improve the chances for success against large corporations.
When a case is brought as a class action, the court will first decides first whether it is a proper class action through a process called class certification. Then, the parties proceed toward trial on the basis of the claims in the case. Due to the nature of the case, the court must approve any settlement and will order notice to be given to any class action members who will be bound by a settlement agreement or a dismissal of the case.
The attorneys at Kabateck Brown Kellner, LLP have honed specialized skills in handling class action litigation for several decades. Whether the suit is for a inoperative medical device, a deceptively designed printer cartridge, or an improper accounting at the bank, our attorneys have successfully represented thousands of clients in class action or similar representative actions.
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