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What is a class action

Class actions are claims filed by one or more “class representatives” alleging that the same or a similar wrong was inflicted on a “class” of persons. A “class” usually requires 35 or more persons, although fewer have been permitted. The wrong may be fraud, a defective product, or a practice that violates applicable law. Examples include a collection letter that violates the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, standard charges imposed by a bank of financial institution in violation of its contracts or applicable statutes, or a product which fails to conform to material representations made on packaging or in advertising.

Class actions can be filed in federal court or in most state courts, depending on whether there is federal jurisdiction and other considerations.

If you believe you have been the victim of such a wrong, you should act as soon as possible to make sure that action is taken within the statute of limitations. Applicable statutes of limitations may be as short as one year or as long as 10 years. Most courts will reward the person who brings a class action with extra compensation for vindicating the rights of the class.

Our firm has represented literally hundreds of classes.

Whether a class action is feasible depends on a number of considerations, including the similarity of the claims and whether the defendant can pay a judgment in favor of a class.