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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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Classaction Lawsuit Filed Over Providence Speed Cameras WPRI 12 Eyewitness News
WPRI 12 Eyewitness News Class action lawsuit filed over Providence speed cameras WPRI 12 Eyewitness News PROVIDENCE, R.I. WPRI Six Rhode Island residents and a car leasing company have filed a class action lawsuit in Superior Court challenging multiple facets of the city of Providence39s speed camera program, including the language used on speeding EXCLUSIVE: Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against City of Providence on Traffic CamerasGoLocalProv NBC 10 I Team: Class action lawsuit filed against Providence speed camerasTurn to 10 all 3 news articles raquo

Class Action Lawsuit States City Of San Diego Misused Taxpayer Funds For Smar...
NBC 7 San Diego Class Action Lawsuit States City of San Diego Misused Taxpayer Funds for Smart Water Meter Program NBC 7 San Diego The lawsuit claims these financing decisions violated Proposition 218, a state measure that requires public input on public spending for any items the money was not originally designated for. The suit also demands the city repay ratepayers for sewer

Facebook User Sues Facebook And Cambridge Analytica, Hoping For A Classaction...
Los Angeles Times Facebook user sues Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, hoping for a class action case Los Angeles Times Price sued Tuesday, not long after another lawsuit was filed on behalf of Facebook investors seeking to recoup losses suffered when the social media giant39s stock price fell when reports on Cambridge Analytica39s activities broke. Price39s lawsuit seeks Facebook Did Nothing to Stop Cambridge Analytica Data Breaches, New Class Action Federal Lawsuit ClaimsNewsweek Facebook hit with four lawsuits in one week over Cambridge Analytica scandalThe Verge Facebook Shareholder Files Class Action Suit Over Cambridge Analytica Scandal FalloutGizmodo CNNMoney Reuters New York Times all 9,493 news articles raquo

ScottScott Attorneys At Law LLP Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Facebook, ...
Business Wire press release ScottScott Attorneys at Law LLP Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Facebook, Inc. FB on Behalf of Investors Business Wire press release NEW YORK BUSINESS WIRE ScottScott Attorneys at Law LLP ScottScott, a national shareholder and consumer rights litigation firm, has filed a class action lawsuit against Facebook, Inc. Facebook or the Company NASDAQ: FB and certain of and more raquo

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