Common Types of Class Actions:
- Products liability claims – defective products, false advertising and manipulative marketing practices.
- Consumer protection – ensuring consumers are protected and large corporations are held accountable for their actions.
- Environmental disasters – Ensuring corporate responsibility, these can range from large scale oil spills, toxic emissions or contaminated ground water and soil affecting surrounding residents.
- Securities – helping investors recover monies where companies are suspected of misrepresentation, purposeful omission of information or fraud.
- Employment claims – discrimination, wage, race and gender inequality.
Generally, in order to pursue a class action claim, it is necessary to:
- Show that there is a cause of action- there must be a legal wrong committed not just a moral wrong;
- Show that there is an identifiable class- it must be possible to determine who has been affected by the wrong actions;
- Show that the people in the class have common issues- the issues of what was wrong must be common and must be a significant component of the claim;
- Show that a class proceeding is the preferable means of resolving the issue- if there are only a few people involved there may other less intensive means to get the necessary results;
- Show that there is someone who is willing to represent the class as representative plaintiff- there must be someone who is willing to guide the action.
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