When consumers are harmed by the unfair or negligent practices of a large company, the damages are often too small to support an individual lawsuit. Imagine, for example, that a business sold a service for a small monthly fee. Although the contract did not contain a late fee provision, the company also illegally charged customers with a $7 late fee. Few people would be inclined to go to the trouble of filing a lawsuit to get such a small sum back, leaving the business free to continue applying illegal charges. At Frontier, our Los Angeles class action lawsuit attorneys have helped thousands of people to join forces to fight back.
A class action lawsuit can address any type of legal wrong that impacts a large number of people in a very similar way.
Some of the most common examples include:
Most people harmed by a product or service do not think in terms of a class action lawsuit. But, if your claim is common to a large number of people, a class action may be the best way to approach the case.
These lawsuits must be certified by the court, and one of the determinations a judge must make is whether the attorney representing the named plaintiff has the skills, experience, and resources necessarily to effectively represent the class. If you believe that your claim could be the basis for a class action, it is in your best interest to seek out a lawyer with extensive litigation experience.
The California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) empowers workers to bring certain types of employment claims on behalf of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA). When an employee or former employee brings a claim under PAGA, LWDA receives 75% of the award or settlement, with the remaining 25% going to compensate the impacted workers.
The statute also provides for attorney fees and reimbursement of costs incurred by the successful plaintiff. Bringing a PAGA suit is procedurally different from other types of civil lawsuits, so it is best to consult an attorney early and to work with a lawyer who is experienced with PAGA claims.
If you believe that your claim could form the basis of a class action lawsuit, or if you have a claim under the Labor Code that might give rise to a PAGA suit, consulting with an experienced class action lawyer should be your next step.
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