If you decide to file a civil lawsuit that seeks monetary damages, you have two options to take legal action against another party. You can file an individual civil lawsuit or a class action lawsuit. If a plaintiff has already initiated a class action lawsuit against another party, you can join the class action as a member. Class action lawsuits typically address product liability issues, such as a defective motor vehicle or a prescription drug that caused harm to consumers that took the medication.
The legal foundation for a class action lawsuit is to demonstrate the defendant committed one or more acts of negligence that caused injuries to the members of the plaintiff class. For example, one of the most publicized class action lawsuits over the past 20 years involved the herbicide Roundup. A judge overseeing several individual lawsuits consolidated the individual lawsuits into one class action. The judge’s rationale for consolidating the lawsuits concerned reducing the number of repetitive legal actions.
What is a class action lawsuit? A class action lawsuit brings together many plaintiffs that share the same type of legal case. In the case of the herbicide Roundup, dozens of individual cases consolidated into one class action. A business or an individual becomes the lead plaintiff by representing the rest of the group of individual plaintiffs. At Morgan and Morgan, our experienced attorneys have filed numerous class action lawsuits, as well as recommended that certain clients join class action lawsuits.
If you want to learn more about what is a class action lawsuit, schedule a free case evaluation today with one of the product liability lawyers at Morgan and Morgan.