People who have complaints and grievances deserve to have their case presented in court. Our legal system was set up to protect the rights of individuals. Those rights can also be protected in a collective manner through a class action lawsuit.
However, class action lawsuits are a bit different from individual cases in a few key ways. Participating in one requires specialized knowledge beforehand.
Don’t be alarmed. Class action lawsuits are typically handled by an attorney or team of attorneys. With the right insights and some careful planning, the outcome of a class action lawsuit can be quite favorable for those who are best prepared.
How to Take Part in a Class Action Lawsuit
To take part in a class action lawsuit, you must first know some of the basics.
- There are four types of class action lawsuit: securities liability, products liability, consumer liability, and employment liability.
- The “class” refers to the collection of individuals, or plaintiffs, in a lawsuit.
- The main function of a class action lawsuit is to prevent each plaintiff from having to file an individual claim against the defendant.
Now that you have a some of the basics, it will be much easier for you to make sense of what follows. Being able to take part in a class action lawsuit is a civil right, so exercise it responsibly by following these tips:
- Determine whether or not a class action lawsuit regarding your claim is in place. If so, becoming a part of it may be as easy as joining the class by following instructions on the notice.
- If you choose to, you may begin to attend lawsuit settlement discussions.
- In the meantime, discover information about the class and the case, if you can, by searching online.
- Next, make contact with the law firm handling the case and ask any specific questions you may have.
- Be sure to gather all the data and materials you need to support your claim in the lawsuit.
Most of the time, being able to take part in a class action lawsuit is not difficult at all. In fact, it is often as easy as getting in touch with an attorney and explaining your situation.
Many attorneys have access to information regarding ongoing class action lawsuits, so use that to your advantage. Keep in mind that the majority of class action lawsuits have statutes of limitations, which is another thing you want to discuss with your lawyer.
If you have any additional questions about your case and feel that you may want to explore the option of starting a class action suit on your own, call Roger Davidheiser of the Friedman Rubin Law Firm for a free consultation.