Bad corporate actors have historically relied on their stronger position to take advantage of individual consumers. While the few people who discover the $50 hidden fee in their invoice might complain to customer service, one person is likely not going to file suit against a multi-million-dollar corporation over such a small sum. However, for a business with thousands or millions of customers, that small hidden fee adds millions in profits.
A class action lawsuit empowers consumers to overcome the innate advantage of a large business entity. The law now allows a small group, or even just one person, to file suit as “class representatives” on behalf of hundreds or even thousands of people who have the same or similar complaints against one defendant. The class action mechanism creates a strength in numbers counter-balance to a corporation’s size and resources advantage, and it is also intended to dissuade large entities from bad conduct.
A class action is not always appropriate simply because there are multiple potential plaintiffs. Certain factors must exist for a court to ultimately certify the class, for example: enough people must be affected to warrant class treatment; they must share common legal issues; and the claims of the class representative must be typical of the entire class.
If you believe that you have a potential class action case, please contact our office. We will be happy to speak with you.