When a corporation makes a mistake, or when an individual makes a
big mistake, word gets out fast and media coverage starts to spread the story
both far and wide. Although this might seem like global gossip to some,
it is actually a critically important aspect of class actions –
sometimes referred to as class action lawsuits or mass torts. By making
people across the country aware of a serious issue that could have or
still be negatively affecting their lives, enough of them can band together
to try to seek justice or restitution. Usually, the go-to course of action
is to file a class action lawsuit.
In many cases, a class action deals with personal injuries that should
have been preventable yet hurt dozens, hundreds, or even
thousands of people all the same. A defective product – like a faulty airbag
or dangerous pharmaceutical drug, for example – are common grounds
for class actions. Similarly, mass torts involve injury but usually after
a catastrophic accident, such as a plane crash.
I think I could have grounds for a class action. What do I do?
If the issue is quite serious, it is highly likely that someone else has
already noticed it and started a lawsuit. By checking media listings and
news websites, you might be able to find a preexisting class action that
pertains to your situation and follow instructions from there to “opt
in.” Once you are officially part of the suing class, you will benefit
from any outcomes of the case; it will be as if you won without actually
going to court yourself. If the result involves some sort of financial
recovery, the presiding judge will have to create a distribution plan
that fairly represents and benefits all members of the class.
However, if you opt into the class action lawsuit and the attorney representing
your class – also known as a lead plaintiff – fails to win
any compensation or beneficial settlement, you cannot sue the same group
again for the same reasons.
Why do people file class actions?
As class action lawsuits and mass torts compile everyone with an identical,
or at least closely similar, claim together, the benefits of the process
are incredible. Whereas it would be impossible for the defendant to work
through hundreds and thousands of individual cases, and therefore nearly
every plaintiff would never get their chance in court, class actions push
them all through at once, saving everyone time. Along that vein, they
also save uncountable amounts of money through vastly reduced court fees.
The trick to a successful class action, though, is finding a successful
class action lawyer. The sheer scale of the job is enough to make many
attorneys crack under pressure, make mistakes, or flat-out refuse to take
the case. At Sacks Weston Diamond LLC, we are proud to say that we are
some of the most reputable class action lawyers in the country, if not
the world, and can handle even the largest challenges. Our track record
case results includes verdicts that rewarded our clients
billions of dollars and many more settlements ranging in the hundreds of
If you want to file a class action lawsuit, you need to start with a law
firm that can carry the weight of it on their shoulders and succeed.
Contact Sacks Weston Diamond LLC today.