What Is A Class Action Lawsuit?
In a class action lawsuit, a large number of people who have suffered similar harm join together to sue another entity, usually a company or organization. These cases usually involve consumer fraud or defective products.
A class action lawsuit allows one person or a small group of people to sue on behalf of hundreds, thousands or hundreds of thousands of different people with similar complaints. Because there is strength in numbers, a class action lawsuit is a powerful tool that individuals can use to enforce the law against large corporations. The people who do not like class action lawsuits are running big companies with lots of lawyers at their disposal. They know that the average person, when cheated out of a relatively small amount of money, cannot afford the time and expense of an individual lawsuit.
People have different reasons for taking part in class actions. Many class members take pride in forcing a giant corporation that is breaking the law to change its ways and in helping to recover often millions of dollars for the other victims. Others bring class actions to recover money that was illegally taken from them, recognizing that they could not afford to pay a lawyer's hourly fees to bring an individual suit and that their individual claim is not large enough to attract many lawyers.
Big companies would prefer to fight consumers one at a time, knowing that most people cannot launch a major drug recall, consumer protection or other lawsuit on their own. Class action lawsuits level the playing field and give consumers the leverage they need against companies that harm consumers physically and financially.
Bringing A Class Action Lawsuit in Maryland
There are several factors that law firms must consider prior to bringing a lawsuit as a class action:
- Numerosity - are there enough people affected by the illegal practice to warrant a class action
- Commonality - do the affected people share common legal issues
- Typicality - are the claims of the person(s) bringing the suit typical of those of the entire class
- Adequacy of Representation - will the law firm bringing the case be willing and able to represent the interests of the entire class.
The Maryland class action lawyers at Henderson Law understand the frustration individuals feel when they are mistreated by large corporations. Please feel free to call Henderson Law today to discuss your potential class action.
Henderson Law is accepting new cases in the District of Columbia and Maryland. Henderson Law is willing to take new clients across the State of Maryland, including, but not limited to, new cases arising in the following cities: Annapolis, Crofton, Bowie, Upper Marlboro, Crownsville, Davidsonville, Edgewater, Millersville, Odenton, Severna Park, and Pasadena. Please call Henderson Law for an initial consultation.