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What You Need To Know About Class Action Lawsuits

Class action lawsuits are not new to most people. They are often heard of in news or in legal dramas, but rarely do those show the intricacies involved in filing and, ideally, winning a class action lawsuit. A class action lawsuit is the common person’s tool for pursuing another party, usually a corporation, for their wrongful actions.

What Is A Class Action Lawsuit?

Sometimes called a class suit, a class action lawsuit is a legal action filed by a group of people against a single defendant. In it, people who have been wronged—for instance, those injured by a defect in a certain product—come together to bring a collective claim to pursue the defendant. Class action lawsuits are usually filed against a corporation or an organization, and they usually involve personal injury.

Class action lawsuits are beneficial to consumers who have been harmed by a defective product. It is not impossible to win a personal injury case with the help of a competent personal injury lawyer. However, class action lawsuits are effective at ensuring that all who were harmed by a company will be compensated and that the company involved will know that such negligent actions are not tolerated by the law.

How Do Class Action Lawsuits Work?

Class action lawsuits typically begin as individual personal injury cases against a company. It becomes a class action lawsuit when the people filing them find each other and decide to work together. When they do, the plaintiffs are spoken for by a class representative. However, it is also completely possible for just one person to file a class action lawsuit as long as they are certain that many others have been injured in the same way. Nevertheless, Florida courts typically require at least 40 people with similar claims to certify a class action lawsuit.

An example of a class action lawsuit would be if a large number of individuals are involved in a car accident due to a defect in a car’s mechanism. Individuals with similar car accidents may come together and file a class action lawsuit against the carmaker.

However, before a group of plaintiffs may file a class action lawsuit, their class must first be certified by a judge. They should be able to justify that they have a valid claim against the defendant and that each individual in the class has similar claims. Once the court has certified the class, the lawsuit may proceed, with each member included unless they opt out.

Getting Strong Representation

There are many different types of class lawsuits. Personal injury due to product liability, unfair trade practices, workplace accidents, sexual harassment, and other types of negligence may be filed as a class action lawsuit. Individuals or groups of people who may have been harmed by a company or organization should come together to make their case stronger and see to it that each person is compensated accordingly. With the help of Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, and Walsh, people who were wronged can seek justice.

Stephen M. Fernandez developed a strong belief in justice and fairness in public policy while earning his Political Science degree prior to attending law school. Since joining the Florida Bar Association in 2004, Stephen Fernandez has combined his background in public policy, business administration and civil law to serve as a highly effective trial lawyer fighting for Florida's injured, working hard every day to make sure his clients get what they are owed.

What You Need To Know About Class Action Lawsuits

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