Typical lawsuits are filed by people who have been adversely affected or injured in some way due to the negligence or unfair practices of another entity. In some cases, many other people have suffered similar damages from the same defendant, so combining all of these claims into a class action lawsuit is more efficient than litigating each lawsuit individually. Similarly, sometimes businesses deceive consumers or mistreat employees and the damages are too small to justify individual lawsuits, but the entity should be held accountable. A class action can once again provide necessary relief to hold the company responsible.
In a class action, an attorney or group of attorneys represent a class representative, a person who stands in the shoes of all the other similarly situated people, called class members. They litigate the case and negotiate settlements with the defendants. Class action lawsuits require knowledgeable, experienced lawyers. The lawyers at KBA have handled several class action suits.