When Are Class Actions Lawsuits Used?
Class action lawsuits are appropriate when the damages claimed by each plaintiff are too small for individual claims to be worthwhile. By filing a suit as a group, the plaintiffs have the resources to hire an attorney and obtain restitution. Class actions also relieve courts of the burden of hearing hundreds or thousands of small claims.
Class action lawsuits are appropriate when the damages claimed by each plaintiff are too small for individual claims to be worthwhile. By filing a suit as a group, the plaintiffs have the resources to hire an attorney and obtain restitution. Class actions also relieve courts of the burden of hearing hundreds or thousands of small claims. Class action lawsuits are often filed against government entities, financial institutions, manufacturers, retailers, and employers. Many of the class actions that Yanni Law have handled were based on allegations of false advertising and virus outbreaks. Other class actions may allege employment practice violations and violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
How Do Class Actions Work?
In a class action lawsuit, the group (class) of plaintiffs is represented by one or more lead plaintiffs. The injuries suffered and the allegations alleged by the lead plaintiff must be similar to those of the other class members. Otherwise, the lead plaintiff won’t be a suitable representative of the class. Before a class action lawsuit can proceed, the class must be certified by a judge. The lead plaintiff must demonstrate that the plaintiffs have a valid claim against the defendant and that all class members have similar claims. The lead plaintiff must also show that he or she can adequately represent all group members. Once the class has been certified, the plaintiffs are notified of the lawsuit by mail or other means. All are automatically included in the lawsuit unless they opt-out. Those that wish to withdraw from the class must follow a specified procedure. If they fail to do so, they will remain part of the class. Most class actions settle out of court. Each plaintiff receives a portion of the settlement, which may be cash, refunds, or coupons.
Some examples of class actions are:
McCormick has agreed to pay $2.5 million to resolve claims made by customers stating their black pepper products were under-filled.
Horizon Brands Junk Faxes
Class Action alleging Horizon brands violated the Telephone Consumer Act by sending junk faxes.
Post Foods Sugary Class Action
Class Action against Post cereal brands alleging the labeling of certain cereals as “healthy” despite the cereals containing significant amounts of sugar.
Citgo Tractor Fluid Class Action
Citgo Petroleum Corporation has agreed to pay nearly $19 million to resolve allegations that the company sold tractor fluid that does not meet modern specifications and could damage equipment.
Pursuing A Class Action
We represent class action members nationwide. If you have a class action case, please contact us immediately to evaluate your case. At Yanni Law, we never charge for consultations and only take a fee if we win your case. You pay no money up front and we only take a fee if we win your case. Having the right lawyer in your corner can be the difference between getting fair compensation for your injuries or taking little to no money that does not represent the harms and losses you have suffered in the accident. We will fight to get you compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, property damage, and more. These cases are subject to strict timelines and statutes of limitations vary by state and injury type, so it is important that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible.