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class action law

The Walner law firm has been practicing class-action law for more than forty years. The firm is headed by Aaron Walner and is headquartered outside Chicago, Illinois. The firm’s reach is not limited to Illinois, however. Many of its cases have had national significance and the firm files cases all across the country.

The firm has recovered nearly $9 billion in damages and, either alone or linked with other law firms, has represented, at least hundreds of thousands of clients.

The process

A class action is a journey not a sprint. Before a case reaches the court, there could be months of research and data collection by the attorney. The rewards can be high, but the process can be slow and tedious. That’s what the Walner Law Firm is for – to provide the assistance, encouragement and professional support you will need to achieve the best chance of success.

What is the cost to you?
The class does not pay anything to bring a lawsuit. The attorneys “front” the costs of bringing the suit and are paid a contingency fee afterward. The attorneys receive no compensation for the class action unless and until the lawsuit is successful. These payments are subject to court approval.

Why not go it alone?
The class action approach ultimately is more efficient and cost effective. Your lawyer can fight harder because you represent perhaps hundreds or thousands of people who were similarly wronged. Economically, it doesn’t make sense to pay court costs and spend hundreds of hours of attorney time on a matter that is worth relatively little money. The same effort and expertise can produce much greater rewards for many more people.

What will you need to do.
The class representative has responsibilities beyond those expected of the rest of the class and is compensated accordingly. You may need to provide documentation. This could be paperwork, memos, emails, receipts, etc., that are relevant. You may have to give a deposition stating your knowledge of the facts and your experience. You will be guided through every step of the process by the attorneys of The Walner Law Firm.

What is class action?

A class action is a legal process that begins with an individual, group or organization that represents the concerns of a much larger group – or class – of people. The people in the class have suffered harm – a physical injury, unfair treatment or a financial loss, for example – in the same way. Then the class, with the support and expertise of an advocate with specialized knowledge and experience, will employ the law and the courts to redress its grievances. This redress could take the form of money paid to the class along with the change of business practices or policies.

Instead of filing many, many small, individual lawsuits, a class action involves one large lawsuit. This is a much more efficient use of the courts’ time and resources. It also demonstrates, often in dramatic fashion, the depth and breadth of the harm caused. A class action can have far-reaching consequences. The suit brought against tobacco manufacturers two decades ago not only compensated people who developed lung cancer and other tobacco-related diseases, but changed forever how the public viewed this product. It also spurred federal and state governments to take action to protect the public by higher taxes, restricted sales and strongly worded health warnings on cigarettes.

The pursuit of a class action is not simple or swift, and there is no guarantee of success. After a case is filed with the court, it may be two-to-five years or longer before a decision is reached.