A class action is a “lawsuit that allows a large number of people with a common interest in a matter to sue or be sued as a group.”
Class action cases are designed to help groups of people who individually may be unable to sustain a suit. Filing individual proceedings may not be practical for a number of reasons, often because the time and effort of pursuing the legal proceedings is not a good investment. Take the following example, where the damage amount would not be enough to justify filing a lawsuit:
You recently bought some new software for your computer. After paying the online price of $69.95 (20% off!), you try to download and install the software. The download goes smoothly, but the installation is a nightmare. You call the software company’s technical support, but they are of no help. After days of trying to install the software and failing, you come to find out that it is not compatible with your operating system.
I thought for sure that the website said that the software would work on my computer, you think. So you go back and check. Sure enough, there it is on the software’s website page: a clear message that the software is supposed to work on your operating system. Time to get my money back. The process of getting the refund meets with the same success as downloading the software. You get nowhere.
Now what do I do? You wonder. It’s not like it’s worth suing the company for seventy bucks…
Maybe other people had a similarly bad experience with the same company. By uniting with other individuals who were also wronged by the same corporation, you can bring a class action lawsuit. This will bring your issues, concerns, and lost rights in front of a California judge so that the corporate defendants can be held accountable for their misconduct
What is a class action lawsuit?
A class action, class suit, or the representative action is a type of lawsuit where one of the parties is a group of people who are represented collectively by a member of that group, referred to as “the class.”
What are the advantages of class proceedings?
Class actions succeed in leveling the playing field for consumers. Many California corporations have massive resources, so they can hire the biggest law firms in the country. Class actions provide consumers with the ability to take on large corporations and resolve wrongdoing committed against individuals.
Another benefit is that once the case is over, the costs can be shared amongst all the plaintiffs, making the cost per consumer much smaller. Most importantly, clients who participate in class action lawsuits do so know that they will help society at large in addition to helping themselves.
Common types of class action litigation
A class action lawsuit can arise in a variety of different ways, with some of the most common being the following:
- Products liability:
- Defective products
- Unreasonably dangerous products
- Fraudulent or unfair business practices:
- Price fixing
- Stockholder claims
- Employment-related claims:
- Unfair wage claims
The Nadrich & Cohen law firm has statewide class action teams that represent consumers and individuals against public companies, private organizations, and health insurance companies. Our firm handles class action cases in both federal and state courts, and is currently involved in the following class actions:
- Children with autism spectrum disorder: This group of children was denied applied behavior therapy and speech therapy by their health plan.
- Mold and mildew injuries: Our firm is investigating a class of tenants who were exposed to mold and mildew due to the landlord’s neglect.
- Underpayment of truck drivers by trucking companies: We are reviewing a potential class action on behalf of owner-operator truck drivers against certain major truck driving companies for underpaying the drivers for mileage, fuel charges, layover charges, etc.
- Failure to provide a refund: A potential class action is under investigation by our firm against H&R Block on behalf of a group of consumers in California. The consumers enrolled in an income tax course offered by H&R Block, withdrew and did not attend the course, but were unable to obtain a refund.
- Failure to pay fair wages and overtime: Our firm is investigating a claim on behalf of limousine drivers alleging that a large limousine company failed to pay them overtime compensation and threatened termination if they refused to work, even though they were not getting their rest or meal breaks.
- Failure to pay overtime: Our firm is examining the possibility of a class of individuals/professionals bringing an action against H&R Block for failure to pay overtime. The workers were also not allowed meal breaks.
- Failure to pay fair wages: Our firm is investigating a class action on behalf of Best Buy hourly paid managers on the basis that their workload is more than 40 hours per week, and that Best Buy makes them perform overtime work off the clock.
What do I do if I think that I have a claim that may be a class action?
If you have experienced a problem with a consumer product or service, or have a legal issue that you suspect may affect a number of other people, please contact us today. Call our statewide number, 1-800-718-4658, or complete the confidential form on the right entitled, “Do I have A Claim”. We will promptly respond to your inquiry.
Class action cases are done on a contingency fee basis, so there is absolutely no cost to you unless and until we obtain a recovery from the corporate wrongdoers. Remember, we have an office near you so that you will have a local lawyer at your side at all times.