How Our Fort Lauderdale Class Action Law Firm Can Help
The law firm of Michael L. Feinstein, P.A. has the knowledge and experience to take on a class-action lawsuit. A class action lawsuit is often the most efficient way of resolving a dispute, when large number of people suffer a similar harm and/or injustice due to the unacceptable conduct of an organization or company, such as a manufacturer, bank, lender, or retail/wholesale chain. If one or more of the victims, who represent the countless others who have been harmed, file a single lawsuit taking on a large and well-represented corporation and/or organization, their suit may be granted Class Action status. Remember There is Strength in Numbers
Contact our Fort Lauderdale class action law firm, to discuss a possible Class Action, if you are an individual or business, considering filing a lawsuit, because you are the victim of:
- Anti-Trust Practices
- Director and Officer Misconduct
- Consumer Fraud
- Defectively Manufactured Products
- Imperfectly Designed Products
Background On Class Action Law
Generally, a class action lawsuit is a court case which involves a large number of people who join together to sue another person or company, or in which a large group of people or companies are being sued. These cases may involve consumer fraud or defective products. The purported purpose of a class action lawsuit is to provide the “common person” the ability to take on the largest corporate or private entities and have a chance at redressing the wrongs done by these entities. Even though the actual damage or cost to the individual class member may be small, the illicit gain to the corporate entity can be very large if done to hundreds of thousands of class members.
A class action lawsuit can be brought under state or federal law. Under Federal law, the rules governing class actions generally can be found in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23. Under Florida state law, Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.220 generally governs class actions that are filed in state court.
In order to form a class, all the plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit must have suffered a similar type of injury. Often, a class action lawsuit is filed by a few named plaintiffs who then file a motion to certify a class of people with a similar injury. Once the class is certified a lead plaintiff will be appointed by the court. The lead plaintiff communicates with lawyers about the case and may be required to provide testimony about his/her harm by the defendant’s actions. The resolution of a class action lawsuit may bind all the class members certified by the Court.
Contrastingly, in a mass tort lawsuit, a defendant I sued by a large number of plaintiffs, but each plaintiff retains his/her individual lawsuit rather than becoming part of a class. Frequently, lawsuits involving defective drugs are mass torts because the plaintiffs may have suffered different types of damages from the particular drug.
If you believe that you are part of a group that has been discriminated against, overcharged, defrauded or had certain civil rights denied, please contact the class action law firm of Michael L. Feinstein, P.A.