Consumer Class Actions
A consumer class action lawsuit allows multiple individuals to form a group and sue a third party, often a large business or corporation, over the same legal issue. In every class action lawsuit, there is a representative plaintiff, or lead plaintiff, whose name appears on the case and who represents the class.
In this situation, the term ‘class’ refers to the group of people who are claiming similar injuries or damages from the same company or organization. Indeed, one of the benefits of consumer class actions is that they enable large group of innocent victims to receive just compensation for their injuries, even if their individual claims are relatively small.What is a Consumer Class Action?
Attorneys file these lawsuits in state or federal court brought by one individual, or a few individuals, on behalf of a larger class of people similarly situated. Typically, the lawsuit seeks financial damages (compensation for harm done) for the members for the class. For example, class actions have been brought on behalf of all persons who purchased a certain type of automobile during a particular time period, and have experienced brake or tire failure, etc.
Many consumer-rights claims are combined into class action lawsuits. For instance, claims involving violations of state consumer protection laws, false advertising of products (http://www.cooperconsumerlaw.com/false-and-deceptive-advertising/), mass unsolicited calls or text messages, large accidents or disasters, or certain product defects may qualify for class action treatment.
When individuals turn to our consumer protection law firm with a potential claim, we thoroughly review the issue to determine how many people have been impacted. Frequently, we find that issues that impact one consumer often turn out to be issues that impact many consumers. In that case, we will file a claim to get compensation for all those injured by the unfair conduct.Types of Consumer Class Action
The most common types of claims involve consumer fraud and defective products.
- Consumer Fraud
Consumer fraud occurs when a consumer buys a product that does not perform as advertised, purchases a product or services that are not the same as they were represented to be, or is charged fees that were not properly disclosed. California and federal laws exist to protect consumers from false or deceptive advertising (including false or untrue statements, or failure to disclose necessary information) and from unfair or hidden charges.
You may have been defrauded if, for example, you were overcharged bank fees (http://www.cooperconsumerlaw.com/excessive-bank-and-credit-card-fees/) or were the recipient of false or misleading statements in television or social media advertising. Even omitting information about the true nature of the product or service being sold is consumer fraud.
- Defective Products
If you purchased a defective product (http://www.cooperconsumerlaw.com/defective-products/), know that California law provides you, the consumer, with powerful remedies. When products do not work, are unreasonably dangerous, or do not live up to what a company has said about them, you may be able to file a class action lawsuit and recover financial damages for your financial injuries.
Perhaps you or someone you know bought a defective product – for example, a car with a defective or dangerous part. If so, you are probably not alone. Reach out to a consumer protection lawyer at The Cooper Law Firm today.
Attorneys often pursue compensation from large corporations who have engaged in unlawful or negligent business practices, causing harm to innocent victims like you. You may have lost money or suffered other damages after relying on the company’s statements, which ended up being false and misleading. This is not your fault. You have legal rights.
- A few well-known consumer class actions have involved:
- Kashi and Bear Naked Food Products (false advertising of food as “all natural”)
- Best Buy (automated unsolicited phone calls)
- General Motors (ignition switch defects)
- Toyota (sudden acceleration defect)
- Big 5 (violating customer privacy rights)
- JP Morgan Chase (fraudulent business practice)
- Wells Fargo (overcharging homeowners)
This list is not exhaustive. There are new consumer class action lawsuits being filed on a regular basis. To see if you may have a claim against a third party business or entity, or to see if you might be able to join in on a consumer class action, contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible.Obtain Your Free Consultation Before It's Too Late
While it can help if several people are named as plaintiffs in the suit, a single person is generally enough to file a lawsuit so long as a number of other people were injured in a similar way. Do not miss out on your opportunity to recover for your loss or losses. Contact one of our class action attorneys today for a free consultation.