When a company’s or multiple companies’ wrongful actions result in simultaneous harm to many people, those individuals may choose to file a class action lawsuit. The purpose of a class action lawsuit is to take multiple cases to be heard at the same time, as well as for the same attorneys to represent the interests of a large group of people.
Before a class action lawsuit can be formed, it must be proven that multiple plaintiffs have a valid claim, that those claims are similar, and that it would be fair to both sides and efficient to hear the cases at one time instead of individually. Once an attorney can prove to a judge that his or her client can provide a fair representation of the interests of the whole group, the case can proceed as a class action.
It’s important to know that any potential plaintiffs who have been harmed by a defendant do not have to become part of the class action lawsuit. They can instead choose to pursue a separate case against the defendant. There are benefits both to participating in a class action as well as to opting out, and a qualified class action attorney can advise you on the best course of action to take.
Class action lawsuits can be very different among different types of cases. Some class action lawsuits involve defective products, such as defective prescription drugs or automobiles, while others may involve a company’s wrongful actions, such as overcharging customers.
If you believe that you have been harmed and that your situation could potentially be a part of a class action lawsuit, you should speak with an attorney. If you’re in Houston, call the Houston class action lawsuit attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call us today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.