A class action lawsuit is a lawsuit where different people combine their similar complaints. This works to save court time and resources by allowing a single judge to hear the consolidated complaints. A typical example of a class action lawsuit is a tobacco suit filed by a large number of smokers. The lawsuit usually begins as a putative class action, meaning that there actually is not a class attached to the lawsuit, but just a group of people who are potential plaintiffs. Before a class action lawsuit can go ahead, a judge must certify this group of plaintiffs as a class.
There are several requirements a court will consider when deciding on whether to certify a class. The following are the factors considered by most courts in a class action lawsuit:
Lawyers who represent a class action usually work on a contingency basis, meaning they are paid a percentage of whatever damages are awarded.
Class action lawsuits are very complicated and require both an experienced and resourceful attorney. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you decide whether filing or joining a class action lawsuit is right for you. A personal injury lawyer can also represent you in court and file any necessary paperwork.
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