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Class Action Lawsuit

A class action lawsuit is one where a lawyer  brings a civil suit that claims to represent a class of people against a defendant or defendants.  For the suit to be a class action, the court must agree to class action status or it may decide to combine several individual lawsuits into a single class action.  Commonly, this type of lawsuit is used when a product being sold by a company is found to have harmed a large number of individuals and it is not practical to bring hundreds or thousands of small suits.  Lawyers love to find a cause to bring a class action lawsuit on behalf of a large group of claimants because often the legal fees alone can run into the millions of dollars.

When a class action lawsuit is brought, generally the names and addresses of all the possible claimants are requested from company sales records, newspaper advertisements and other sources.  If a claimant agrees to be part of the class action (usually at no cost to the claimant) and accepts the eventual settlement, that person will have no further claim against the defendant.  The claimant, in most cases, may also refuse to join the class action suit and bring an individual suit of his or her own.

An example of a typical class action suit was one brought by lawyers representing businesses and consumers against Microsoft California in 2004.  The suit was over violations of California anti-trust laws concerning Microsoft software.  Microsoft agreed to settle the case for $1.1 Billion in vouchers for common Microsoft software to be sent to the class action members.  The vouchers were for a $5.00 to $26.00 credit per software package with two thirds of unclaimed vouchers going to California schools.  The lawyers asked the court for an award of $275 Million to cover fees and expenses.

Most class action lawsuits provide for a small dollar amount to be recovered by a large class of claimants.  If the number of claimants is very large, the legal costs involved with a class action lawsuit can be huge.


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Class Action Lawsuit Against CenturyLink Officially Filed In Colorado FOX31...
FOX31 Denver Class action lawsuit against CenturyLink officially filed in Colorado FOX31 Denver As first reported by FOX31 Denver and Channel 2 News, lawyers with Geragos and Geragos Law Firm filed a class action lawsuit against the company on Idaho included in class action lawsuit against CenturyLink KREM CenturyLink hit with lawsuit alleging 39massive scheme39 of billing fraudThe Denver Channel Lawsuit filed against CenturyLink for fraudulently added services KRDO all 4 news articles raquo

Anthem Settles Class Action Lawsuit Over 2015 Data Breach WSAW
WSAW Anthem settles class action lawsuit over 2015 data breach WSAW CBS News Anthem, the nations largest health insurance company in the U.S., is agreeing to pay 115 million to settle a class action lawsuit over its 2015 data breach. The money would give victims of the data breach at least two years of credit Anthem Plans to Settle Class Action Lawsuit for 115 Million93.1 WIBC Indianapolis Anthem settles a security breach lawsuit affecting 80MUSA TODAY Anthem agrees to pay record 115M to settle data breach suitCNET Beckeraposs Hospital Review Anthem Data Breach Litigation Girard Gibbs Business Wire HealthcareInfoSecurity all 41 news articles raquo

Idaho Included In Classaction Lawsuit Against CenturyLink KTVB
KTVB Idaho included in class action lawsuit against CenturyLink KTVB BOISE A class action lawsuit against CenturyLink has added customers in Idaho to its list of complainants. Los Angeles law firm Geragos amp Geragos said they planned to file the Idaho class action complaint Sunday evening. Attorney Ben Meiselas tells

Class Action Lawsuits Filed Over AttorneyClient Tapings At Leavenworth Prison...
KCUR Class Action Lawsuits Filed Over Attorney Client Tapings At Leavenworth Prison KCUR Two former detainees at the Leavenworth Detention Center have filed a class action lawsuit over the taping of meetings and calls between inmates and their attorneys at the pretrial facility. The lawsuit follows a similar one filed by two attorneys who

Court Ruling Blocks 1.4 Billion Timber ClassAction Suit U.S. News Amp World ...
U.S. News World Report Court Ruling Blocks 1.4 Billion Timber Class Action Suit U.S. News World Report Court Ruling Blocks 1.4 Billion Timber Class Action Suit. A judge has ruled that Oregon counties can39t sue the state government in the face of a 1.4 billion class action lawsuit that seeks damages for logging practices. June 26, 2017, at 7:39 p.m.. MORE. Judge39s ruling reversal throws a wrench into 1.4 billion timber lawsuitAlbany Democrat Herald all 3 news articles raquo

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