A class action is a type of lawsuit where one or more indviduals sue a company for some misconduct. Those individuals are called the "class representatives," and they represent everyone who was harmed by the same misconduct. For example, in a false advertising class action, a consumer who was tricked by false advertising can sue the company on behalf of everyone who was tricked by the same false advertising.
When a large corporation engages in an unfair or unethical business practice, the damages to each individual consumer are often too small to make it worthwhile for a single consumer to file a lawsuit. A class action aggregates the claims of all consumers who were harmed by the same unfair or unethical business practice in order to achieve economies of scale and hold the company accountable.
There is no cost to participating in a class action. We advance all of the costs of the litigation and we only collect reimbursement and fees from the settlements paid by the companies we sue, and only when we win.
As a class representative, you get to participate directly in the litigation. In addition to any compensation that you may be entitled to as a class member, you may also receive an incentive award for your participation. The incentive award varies case-by-case and can be as high as $25,000. The most common award we see is $5,000 per class representative.
The best class representatives are those who care about right versus wrong. If you feel your rights were violated by a large corporation and want to hold the company accountable, then you should consider participating in a class action. As a class representative, you help to protect not only your own rights, but the rights of thousands of other consumers who were harmed by the same unfair or unethical business practice.
It’s easy – if you believe you've been wronged by a large corporation, give us a call for a free consultation. If your case meets our criteria, we would be happy to file a lawsuit on behalf of you and every other individual harmed by the same unfair or unethical business practice.
Not much! We take care of all of the heavy-lifting with respect to filing the lawsuit, drafting legal briefs, and appearing in court. As a class representative, your primary obligation is to fairly represent the class. Once the lawsuit is filed, you will need to stay generally aware about the progress of the case. You may also need to provide us with relevant documents and assist us in preparing declarations and testifying at a deposition. Throughout the case, we will consult with you and get your input before making any major decisions.
The time committment will vary depending on the case and the class representative. Some class representatives want to read every court filing; other class representatives prefer to take a backseat and let the lawyers do the legal work. While the time required will vary month-to-month, class representatives can expect to spend on average 1/2 hour per month.
The length of a class action varies depending on the facts of the case, the court's schedule, and how long the company puts up a fight. However, most class actions resolve 2–4 years after filing the initial complaint.
We will assign to your case as many lawyers as necessary. We typically partner with other class action law firms and work in teams of 4–6 lawyers.