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A class-action lawsuit is a legal proceeding in which one or more plaintiffs file a claim on behalf of a group or class. The judgment or settlement applies to all members of the group or class. The fines paid by the defendant are divided among the members of the class.
The main signs are:

  • A class-action lawsuit refers to a legal process where a claimant brings a claim in favor of a group of people affected.
  • This group or class must certify that it has been affected by the respondent's actions, but only the lead plaintiff will represent the case in court.
  • If the plaintiff wins, the amount of compensation is paid pro-rata among the class members.
  • In finance, class action lawsuits are often initiated against companies where the class is the company's shareholders.
Understanding class action

The class represented in a class-action lawsuit are groups of employees, consumers, investors, or patients that can be classified according to some criterion. The court considers the case to be a class action if it meet certain criteria set out in a legal rule known as Rule 23.
Criteria include a large group of people with similar claims or common interests. Lead plaintiff(s) represent other members of the class and "issues of law or fact common to that class."
Benefits of class-action lawsuits

Certification as a class can allow litigation to proceed more quickly and cost-effectively, especially in cases against large corporations. Because they reduce prosecution costs, class action suits may be the only means for some individual plaintiffs to pursue their case.

Individuals may also have a better chance of successfully win their claims against the defendant or defendants. Even when represented in the class, individual members can opt-out of any possible settlement and pursue their claims individually.



Types of class-actions

Types of class-actions include securities litigation, civil rights litigation such as school funding, and consumer product liability cases. Congress laid out additional rules for class-action lawsuits in securities in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act (PSLRA) of 1995.
Successful class-action lawsuits often result in significant pre-trial agreements. A lawsuit filed by Enron shareholders following the company's collapse resulted in a payment of $7.2 billion. Another notable class-action lawsuit was a product liability case against Toyota for faulty brakes. This resulted in a costly recall and $1 billion in compensation.
Civil rights class-actions usually involve requests for injunctive relief, for remedies, rather than demands for payment.
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