A class action lawsuit is different from a typical lawsuit in that a large number of plaintiffs bring suit against a defendant or defendants based on a common set of facts shared by the plaintiffs.
For example, 150 people who have suffered an adverse reaction to a drug may sue the drug manufacturer as a plaintiff class rather than file 150 individual lawsuits. Contact a reputable Los Angeles Class Action Lawyer Robert L. Starr and his staff of highly skilled class action attorneys in California today if you feel this is your circumstance.
California Class Action Lawsuits
The courts allow plaintiffs to consolidate their individual cases into a class action lawsuit to avoid a situation where the courts are flooded with hundreds or even thousands of individual lawsuits against a defendant or defendants. Instead, all of the claims are heard in one case with one attorney or a group of Los Angeles class action attorneys representing the entire class of plaintiffs.
In California, in order for the Court to allow the case to proceed as a class action rather than as individual cases, the plaintiff must show the existence of “an ascertainable class” and a “well-defined community of interest among class members.” The “community of interest” element contains the following three factors:
- (1) Predominant common questions of law or fact, in that similar legal issues and facts are shared among the class.
- (2) Class representatives must have claims or defenses typical of the class. This requirement means that the parties names as class representatives must present the same factual and legal issues as the class.
- (3) Class representatives who can adequately represent the class. This means that the class representative and counsel must be able to represent the interests of the class effectively.
If the class can meet these requirements stated above, then the court may recognize the class and the class action lawsuit may proceed.
Contact a Los Angeles Class Action Lawyer You Can Trust to Effectively Handle Your Class Action Case
In class action cases, the same standards as an individual lawsuit apply in that the defendant or defendants must be found liable for causing injury to the plaintiffs. These cases do differ on the procedures used to litigate the case. Class actions are complicated legal matters requiring counsel experienced in this area of law.
The Los Angeles Class Action Law Firm of Robert L. Starr has served as lead counsel on a number of notable class action cases. If you believe that you may have a class action lawsuit, contact the Law Office of Robert L. Starr for a free, confidential case evaluation. We protect the rights of our clients. We proudly serve all of California, Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Orange County