Class action cases, also known as class action lawsuits, are legal proceedings in which a group of individuals collectively bring a lawsuit against a defendant. They are filed on behalf of a larger group of people who have suffered similar harm or have been affected by the defendant’s actions or negligence. Class action cases are typically brought in situations where it would be impractical or inefficient for each individual member of the class to file their own separate lawsuits.
In a class action case, one or more individuals, called lead plaintiffs or class representatives, file the lawsuit on behalf of the entire class. The class typically consists of individuals who have suffered similar injuries, such as financial losses, personal injuries, or harm from a defective product. Class action cases allow individuals with similar claims to join together, increasing their collective strength and resources to pursue legal action.
Class action cases can cover a wide range of issues, including consumer protection, employment disputes, environmental harms, securities fraud, and product liability. They can provide a more streamlined and efficient way for individuals to seek compensation or resolution for their grievances, as the costs and efforts of the case are shared among the members of the class. The outcome of a class action case can result in a settlement or a court judgment that applies to all members of the class, providing a resolution for a large number of people affected by the defendant’s actions.