Class Actions Lawsuits

Class action lawsuits help to achieve justice not just for the individuals who bring such claims, but also for those who have suffered similar losses caused by a defendant’s wrongdoing. As described by the United States Congress, class actions are an important and valuable part of the legal system, provided for the fair and efficient resolution of legitimate claims of numerous parties by allowing the claims to be brought together into a single case.

A class action is a legal device allowing one person to sue as a plaintiff on behalf of all persons likely to have experienced the same injury. Class actions are often brought against corporations, such as manufacturers, cable companies and banks, when they overcharge or otherwise mistreat many customers in the same way. They are brought against the manufacturers of defective products. They may also be brought against a company or its officers on behalf of a class of shareholders in the company.

Examples include:

  • Thousands of consumers purchase or use the same defective product;
  • A cable company or bank overcharges thousands of customers pursuant to the same policy;
  • A drug or medical device used by many patients is suspected of having dangerous side effects;
  • Purchasers of a company’s stock or securities are injured because the company made fraudulent representations about its products or business prospects; and
  • Consumers pay higher prices because of the anti-trust activities of large corporations.

The class action promotes two principal goals. It provides a useful mechanism for prosecuting the claims of many persons whose injuries added together are significant, but which, individually, would not be large enough to justify the expense of bringing individual lawsuits. It also prevents the clogging of the court system by allowing similar claims of thousands of individuals to be adjudicated in one single action.

Does the plaintiff have to pay the attorneys’ fees and legal expenses?

Brooks Harrison—Attorneys At Law, PLLC advances the expenses of the litigation at no cost to the plaintiff and class members, and obtains its attorneys’ fees and expenses from the money paid by the defendant at the successful conclusion of the case. Even then, the court must approve the firm’s fees as reasonable in light of the benefit obtained for the class.