When multiple people within a community are deceived by the same merchant, it is often prudent to combine their experiences into one case. When this occurs, it is considered a class action lawsuit. Typically, class action lawsuits include many plaintiffs who have been harmed by the same entity.
These types of claims serve an important service for consumers, along with aiding our country’s system of civil justice. When combining complaints, New Jersey injury lawyers often can build a much stronger case and receive a higher judgment of justice. Additionally, a class action lawsuit is often more feasible for many consumers who may be unable to pay lawyer fees on their own.
How Class Action Lawsuits Work
Many consumers are not aware of what a class action lawsuit entails. A class action lawsuit is filed by named representatives. These are individual people, small business or even unions that have all encountered the same issues, either by having a similar problem, injury or fraud. However, for the class action lawsuit to work, the offenses must have occurred under similar manner and circumstance.
A class action lawsuit represents the rights all of those who have been harmed by the actions of the named defendant. This allows others who are part of the class action to recover damages due to the efforts of the named representatives.
The representatives must ask the court to certify the lawsuit as a class action as soon as possible after filing the action. Once certified, the parties in charge of the lawsuit work to give other class members notice of the lawsuit and advise them of their rights, including how they may be bound if they consent to becoming a class member. For instance, they will not be able to seek other damages on their own if they become a member of the class action.
Once the class action lawsuit has reached settlement, class members will immediately be notified of the settlement and the steps they must take in order to recover compensation.
Types of Class Action Lawsuits
Our South Jersey class action lawyers at Grungo Colarulo represent an array of class action lawsuit types including:
- Consumer Protection
- False Claims Act
- Wage and Hour Disputes
- Shareholder Actions
Our lawyers have experience that expand beyond this list of examples. With extensive knowledge in consumer fraud protection, we work to protect against fraud that targets vulnerable consumers.
Defending Against Consumer Fraud
Our team of class action attorneys in New Jersey help classes of people looking to pursue damages for fraudulent or deceptive business practices. We believe that no consumer should feel alone when trying to recover what is justly theirs.