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What is a Class Action?
  1. A class action lawsuit is filed on behalf of a group of people who have been damaged or financially harmed in the same or a similar manner by the actions of a company.
  2. A class action is a civil lawsuit wherein one or more plaintiffs, class representatives, are named in the complaint to pursue a case for themselves and include a class of people who have the same or similar claims against one or more defendants. These cases usually involve a class suing a corporation or business for unlawful acts or behaviors.
  3. A class action is a lawsuit filed on behalf of a class of people with similar claims against a defendant. The class action is filed by one or more class representatives.
What is a class representative?
Only one Representative is required to bring a Class Action. A Class Representative is typically an individual or group that believes that they have been, and/or continue to be, wronged, realizes that others are being damaged similarly, wants the offending practice to end, and wants to be compensated with the other members of the Class for money damages. A Class Representative(s) is one of the named or “lead” plaintiffs in the lawsuit. The class representative(s) file the lawsuit in their own names and sue on behalf of the larger class members. This is done in one lawsuit, rather than multiple lawsuits. If the lawsuit is successful, the entire group, or class, of people obtain the benefit
What is expected of a Class Representative?
  1. It does not cost the person(s) bringing the class action any money to bring a class action lawsuit because such cases are brought by attorneys working on a contingent fee basis. “Contingent fee” means that attorneys do not get paid unless the lawsuit is successful. The attorneys advance the money and manpower needed for the lawsuit on behalf of the representative and Class. If the Class Action is successful, the attorneys apply to the court for an award of their fees and reimbursement of expenses. It is up to the court to determine the fee, and the attorneys alone risk the possibility of their not getting paid.
  2. The Class Representative(s) do not need to pay any money to bring the suit, but may have to provide paperwork and background information relative to the case. Over the course of the lawsuit, the Representative(s) may have to answer questions about the case, including in a deposition defended by their lawyers. The Representative(s) would be guided and assisted in these matters by their attorneys. If the suit is successful, the Class Representative(s) generally receive extra compensation (by court ruling) for their time and contribution.
  3.  The Class Representative(s) has the advantage of being able to consult closely with his or her attorneys regarding settlement offers. Class Representative(s) may also receive more of the settlement or recovery at the end, at the discretion of the court, depending on the extent of their damages.
How much money and time does a class representative have to spend?
  1. It does not cost the Class Representive(s), bringing the class action any money to bring the lawsuit because such cases are brought by attorneys working on a contingent fee basis . “Contingent fee” means that attorneys do not get paid unless the lawsuit is successful. The attorneys advance the money and manpower needed for the lawsuit on behalf of the representative and Class. If the Class Action is successful, the attorneys apply to the court for an award of their fees and reimbursement of expenses. It is up to the court to determine the fee, and the attorneys alone risk the possibility of their not getting paid.
  2. Generally, a class action lawsuit is not very time consuming for the Class Representative(s). Over the course of the lawsuit, the Representative(s) may have to provide paperwork and background information relative to the case. They also may have to answer questions about the case, including in a deposition defended by their lawyers. The Representative(s) would be guided and assisted in these matters by their attorneys. Over the course of the lawsuit.
  3. How much money is rewarded to the Class representative if the suit is successful?
  4. If the suit is successful, the Representative(s) generally receive extra compensation (with court approval) for their time and contribution . This compensation for Class Representatives is generally significantly more than the compensation of rest of the non-class representatives in the class.
How much money is rewarded to the Class representative if the suit is successful?
If the suit is successful, the Representative(s) generally receive extra compensation (with court approval) for their time and contribution . This compensation for Class Representatives is generally significantly more than the compensation of rest of the non-class representatives in the class.
Who pays the lawyers in a class action lawsuit?
  1. In a class action for money damages, lawyers who represent the class are generally paid out of the recovery, i.e., “common fund” they create for the plaintiff class. In class actions involving declaratory judgments or injunctive relief,
  2. Attorney fee awards are subject to court review and approval.