Class Actions Lawsuits: What You Need To Know

Posted on: 18 June 2015

You may have heard the term "class action lawsuit" on the news in reference to suits involving major brand name products. You may have even received an email about such suits from businesses that you have dealt with online, such as stores or services. If you think you may have a claim in a class action lawsuit, you may have questions about exactly what it means and what you should do. Many times the wording of the notices on these lawsuits is confusing, so read on for more information about class action lawsuits.

A class action lawsuit is a legal method of dealing with large numbers of claimants who have been harmed by the same product, practices, services, negligence or other actions of a common entity, such as company. It's a way to have one trial instead of many, and if you are a member of the class, you must agree to accept the ruling of the court.

Major benefits of class action suits

1.  The sad truth is that many times, harm from a product or service will continue unless there is a public outcry. Class actions are well-publicized, and often the offending party will be forced to make changes before the case even goes to trial, potentially reducing harm and saving lives.

2.  There is power in numbers, and when the lawsuits are against major corporations with more legal means than the average person, a class action levels the playing field for people who might not have had a chance against the wrongdoer otherwise.

3.  Many times, the individual person harmed has only a small amount of damages, but when taken together with many others who also have had harm done, the case becomes worthy of costly legal actions. In other words, the harm done to you may be small and not worth fighting a major corporation to pursue, but together with others you can force change and get compensated.

4.  Finally, class actions provide a consistent means to litigate public policy issues properly. Small cases brought by individuals could result in inconsistent rulings and many small settlements with the terms being kept secret by agreement.

You should have a better picture of the way class action lawsuits work now, so that you will be able to make a more educated decision on whether or not to join one. You would be smart to preserve your rights in any legal matter by contacting a personal injury attorney, like the ones at Prediletto, Halpin, Scharnikow & Nelson, P.S., for guidance and more information about classes action lawsuits.