Class Action Lawsuit Attorney
Pharmaceutical companies, manufacturers, and other large corporations are supposed to provide safe products to their consumers. We all assume they will act honestly and ethically. However, there are times when they put profits over safety, resulting in physical injury to the product users. When a group of people gets hurt because of the same party’s careless actions, you can file a class action lawsuit.
If you were the victim of a company’s negligence, speak to a class action lawsuit attorney from the Law Office of William J. Luse. We’re not afraid to take on large corporations and fight for the compensation you deserve. Our dedicated team of legal professionals has experience with a range of class action lawsuits, including timeshare scams, employment law claims.
We have the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to stand up to large, deep-pocketed organizations. We’re deeply committed to securing the full and fair compensation our clients are owed. You don’t have to face a corporate giant alone. We’re here to help. Call our office today at (843) 839-4795 or contact us online.
What Is a Class Action Lawsuit?
In the initial stages of a class action suit, the steps are similar to a traditional lawsuit. The case begins like other types of civil lawsuits, with an injured plaintiff pursuing legal action against the party responsible for their damages. Unlike a traditional lawsuit, however, where there is only one victim, a class action lawsuit involves multiple injured plaintiffs. The group, or class, goes after the same party that caused their injuries.
Merely having other people who sustained injuries similar to your own doesn’t necessarily mean a class action automatically can be filed. There are specific requirements under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that you must meet to qualify for a class action lawsuit:
- Numerosity: There are so many people in the proposed class that including all of them in the lawsuit as additional plaintiffs wouldn’t be practical;
- Commonality: There are common issues among the entire class as a basis for the suit;
- Typicality: The named plaintiff’s claims or defenses are typical of the other class members’ claims or defenses; and
- Adequacy: The named plaintiff, as well as their attorney, will adequately and fairly protect the interests of all members of the class.
Along with meeting the four requirements above, your case must also fall into one of the three following categories:
- Litigating each case individually rather than as a class action would risk an inconsistent ruling or verdict, which could result in conflicting claims among each member or conflicting conduct standards for the defendant going forward.
- The named defendant acted or refused to act in a manner that affects everyone in the class so that the entire class would benefit from an official declaration of facts or rights or from an injunction that requires or prohibits some action by the defendant.
- Questions of fact or law common to the class members predominate above questions that are unique to every class member’s circumstances, and a class action suit is superior to other methods of resolving the matter fairly and efficiently.
Advantages of Filing a Class Action Lawsuit
When you decide to file a class action suit, it can be an efficient and effective method of addressing a company’s mistakes, forcing them to correct instead of cover up their misconduct. As an individual, a class action allows you to recover compensation without putting in the same amount of time, effort, and expense as you would in a lawsuit by yourself.
There are some situations where the cost of filing an individual suit exceeds the financial award won. When it comes to a class action, you can prevent the legal expense from exceeding the compensation by combining the claims of similar individuals. Financially speaking, it makes more sense than one plaintiff pursuing a large corporation.
How Do I Know if I Qualify for a Class Action Lawsuit?
Certain situations, like a car accident, don’t meet the necessary requirements for a class action, even if there are multiple plaintiffs. Usually, injuries in a car crash and the monetary losses are wildly different.
So how do you know if your case qualifies for a class action lawsuit? Below are some examples of class action lawsuit cases:
- Securities fraud
- Consumer fraud
- Defective consumer goods, such as vehicle airbag recall
- Discriminatory employment practices
- Corporate wrongdoing
- Defective medical devices
- Defective pharmaceuticals
Even if you have a case that meets all requirements of a class action, you still have the right to pursue legal action as an individual. Potential class members have the option to opt-out of the lawsuit and proceed with their own lawsuit upon receiving a notice regarding the case.
How a Class Action Suit Is Resolved
For the most part, class actions follow the same procedures as an individual lawsuit. Both sides have the right to go to court and argue their case in front of a jury, depending on the nature of the claim. If a jury trial isn’t allowed, a judge will decide the verdict. Each party also has the option to resolve the issue before trial by reaching a settlement agreement.
Many cases end up settling before the trial begins. Since class action lawsuits include victims who don’t get involved in the litigation process, it’s up to the judge to make sure their rights are protected. The amount of money each person receives depends on the type of claim.
The attorneys on both sides and the judge come to an agreement regarding how the funds will get distributed among every plaintiff. It’s also up to them to determine if each class member deserves the same amount, or if some deserve less or more because of their total damages.
Legal Fees and Costs
Many victims of accidents decide not to seek legal representation because they don’t think they can afford it. They fear spending even more money in fees on top of the money they already spent on medical bills. Injuries can put a serious financial strain on a person, and pursuing a lawsuit seems like a daunting task.
At Law Office of William J. Luse, we understand the burden you’re facing and don’t want to add to it. We don’t collect a fee unless we win your case. There are no upfront fees or costs, and if we’re unable to secure a monetary award, you won’t owe us anything.
Why You Should Choose Law Office of William J. Luse
Our class action lawsuit attorney believes in seeking justice and making sure our clients get paid the money owed to them. We don’t think it’s fair for anyone to have to pay for their own expenses when someone else’s careless actions caused their injuries. We will help you pursue the financial compensation you deserve to recover and move forward with your life.
Our team provides personalized attention to each client – you will always be a priority for us. You won’t have to wait long for a callback to get answers to your questions or the status of your class action suit. We know you’re struggling and want to put your mind at ease by providing quality customer service you can depend on. When you hire us, we will dedicate our time and attention to fighting against the entity that caused you harm.
Our dedication to our clients has earned us top-ratings and professional honors. Our founder and attorney William Luse was named a 10 Best Attorney in Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, a Top 10 Personal Injury Attorney by Attorney and Practice Magazine, a Best Attorney of America, and an Avvo Top Contributor.
The class action lawsuit attorney from the Law Office of William J. Luse and our committed legal team will protect your rights and make sure no one takes advantage of you during this difficult time in your life. We’ll be by your side during the entire legal process and walk you through each step, so you know what to expect. To find out how we can help you pursue a class action lawsuit, contact us today at (843) 839-4795.