A class action is typically filed when a group of people has sustained damage or injury due to a common act or acts of negligence. A single plaintiff or group of plaintiffs may act as class representatives for a larger group of class members that have suffered similar injuries. A lawsuit does not automatically qualify as a “class action” upon filing of the complaint. A civil suit only becomes a class after a judge “certifies” the class after briefing and argument from the parties.
A class action can be a powerful tool to achieve justice when individuals acting alone do not wish to legally pursue the negligent party due to the relatively small amount of money sought. Although there is no magic minimum number of class members necessary to certify a class, a typical class usually consists of hundreds or thousand of class members.
If you believe that you have a legitimate claim that may be well suited for a class action, please contact our firm for a FREE case evaluation from one of our class action attorneys.