What Is a Class Action Lawsuit?
Filing and fighting a lawsuit can cost a great deal of money. For the average person, that can place justice out of their reach. But if that person becomes a part of a class (a group of similarly situated people), if the class can find a lawyer willing to finance and litigate a lawsuit, then all members of the class have a chance to right a wrong.
That is a class action lawsuit — a lawsuit brought on behalf of many similarly situated people who have been harmed in the same way by the same entity.
Usually class action litigation will have very few named plaintiffs (one or two is common), but those plaintiffs represent many other people — hundreds, thousands, sometimes millions of people.
Do you have a case that might be a class action? For information about potential class action cases, see the list above and click on any topic.
Class action lawsuits: Small claims multiplied by many people
The harm done to one person may amount to a relatively small amount of money — an extra $10 fee when you buy a product or service, for example. But if that $10 is multiplied by all the people who had to pay it, the amount could be a profit of hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars to the company that charged the bogus fee. A successful class action lawsuit can force the company to pay back all the members of the class plus pay a penalty.
A resource for righting the wrongs of others.
You may have a case that just isn't worth fighting on its own — an employer who doesn't pay the right amount of overtime, manufacturers who fix prices on products, a household product that fails in normal usage. By joining with others in a class action, you will be helping yourself and others, and you will be sending a message that wrongdoing has a price.
Finding lawyers who fight for justice
Not many law firms have the resources to invest in class action lawsuits. Many firms that do have the resources do not want to use those resources to fight difficult cases. At Girardi Keese Class Action, we bring together people who have been wronged with the right law firm to handle the case. There is absolutely no obligation to anyone who contacts us.
Lawyers seeking justice for many people
Not every law firm or attorney has the resources to file a class action lawsuit. It takes a significant financial investment to investigate the wrongdoing, use the legal discovery process to obtain evidence, consult with expert witnesses, obtain class action certification, and fight the case in court — all against the formidable resources of a large corporation.
Tell us about your case.
At Girardi Keese, you can share your experiences and determination in the fight for justice. Fill out the form on this page or on the contact page. There is no cost or obligation. This is an opportunity to hold businesses accountable for their actions.