Understanding Class Action Lawsuits
A class action lawsuit is one in which a large group of people who have been harmed in the same way bring a claim against the defendant together. For example, if a corporation cheats one million people out of $10 each, they have just committed fraud to the tune of $10,000,000.
If a single consumer wants to right such a wrong, bringing such a lawsuit for a small amount like $10 will be too expensive. In a class action suit, however, a small number of people act as the representatives for everyone else who has been harmed in the same way. Class action lawsuits can be very costly for a law firm to litigate, especially when they are going up against corporations or entities with “deep pockets” that stand to potentially lose millions of dollars if they lose the case.
One important fact about class actions is that a court may decide not to “certify” a case as a class action if the attorney involved has never handled a class action case. There are only a limited number of law firms in Orange County who specialize in handling plaintiff’s class action cases, such as The Medler Law Firm, APC. Our team has handled class action cases for over 20 years, and you can trust that the firm has the financial resources and the knowledge to represent you.
If you feel that you have been harmed by a defective product, or by the unfair, unethical or fraudulent actions of a company and there may be hundreds, thousands, or even millions of others just like you who have been injured in the same way, a free consultation with a knowledgeable class action lawsuits attorney from our firm can help you determine if there is enough merit to your claim, and enough individuals in that class that would warrant the filing of a class action lawsuit on your behalf.
Types of Lawsuits
Many class action lawsuits involve a factual assertion by a company about their product that is manifestly false, like claiming their milk is organic when it is not, or claiming that their computer laptop battery will last 7 hours when it falls short, or claiming their propane gas cylinder has 20 pounds of gas when it only has 15 pounds. In other cases, a defective product, such as a cell phone or computer, a medical device such as contact lenses or hip implants, or a dangerous pharmaceutical drug that has caused injury, and even death, to thousands of consumers. Consumer fraud or misconduct may be involved such as credit card fraud or misleading food labels. An employer may have refused to pay overtime wages. No matter the circumstances of your case, call our firm to retain powerful advocacy today!
Case Study: The Varsity Blues Class Action
You may have heard in the news about the stunning case in which wealthy individuals and some celebrities paid third parties to take their children’s ACT and SAT tests, and then bribed college officials to create bogus sports profiles of their children in order to have them admitted to prestigious universities as scholar-athletes. Numerous individuals have been criminally indicted in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
But what about all those hard-working college students, who spent dozens of hours preparing to take the standardized tests, worked for hours on their college entrance applications and essays, and paid application fees to the schools, expecting a fair admissions process? Tens of thousands of students paid these fees, only to be denied admission, while undeserving students were allowed to sneak in what is being called the “side-door” and granted admission through bribery and fraud. Outrageous? You bet. That is why our law firm filed a class action lawsuit against each of the prestigious universities involved, in order to seek a refund of all application fees paid by these students. The universities promised a fair admissions process, one based upon merit. That is not what they received.
Our class action lawsuit was featured on CNN, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, Fox News, and dozens of other television and print media outlets.
This is just one example of the types of class actions we can handle on behalf of our clients. Call an experienced class action lawyer today if you have been similarly harmed by a large corporation
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