Class actions are a type of suit that allows a group of claimants to join together in a common cause of action against a product maker for making a defective product. This enables efficiency in the judicial system because thousands of injured individuals might flood the court system if they each filed a suit independently of one another. In addition, class actions help to level the playing field between corporations and plaintiffs because large corporations have a substantial amount of money and lawyers.
There are several requirements that a cause of action must meet in order to be allowed to proceed as a class action. These include:
Consumers of a product might receive notice by mail or in person of a pending class action lawsuit. The notice might ask a consumer whether they want to join in a class action lawsuit. Consumers should consider several factors such as:
There might be occasions where you have no choice but to participate in the class action because the "opt-out" deadline has passed.
An experienced product liability attorney who specializes in class actions would be extremely helpful. An attorney could advise you on whether a proposed class action adequately represents your needs. In addition, you may want to proceed with your own lawsuit because your injuries are substantially different from the class action.
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