Class Action Suits
No matter how passionately you may feel about your civil claim, facing down the high-powered legal team of a major corporation on your own can be overwhelming. Companies devote millions of dollars to legal representation each year in order to minimize the damage done to their reputations and checkbooks.
Fortunately for wronged consumers and employees alike, there is the class action lawsuit. The idea behind this powerful legal tool is that any number of those adversely affected by a larger business or governmental entity’s behavior can essentially band together and act more or less as a single plaintiff. Depending on the circumstances of the case, the group, or “class,” is more likely to see positive results through such a collective approach.
The Benefits of Class Action
Although every individual’s situation is bound to be different, claimants must share a certain degree of specific circumstances and overlap on key issues for a class action suit to exist. For example, in an asbestos-related civil action, perhaps all 20 of the claimants were workers at the same facility and are now exhibiting symptoms of mesothelioma.
The traditional positives of class action are:
- Greater efficiency in court processes
- Lower legal expenses to individual claimants
- Avoidance of “incompatible standards” of conduct for the defendant to follow
However, this type of litigation is by no means without its potential drawbacks. Some of these include:
- Potential of reduced compensation for claimants
- Lack of personalized attention from representatives
- Imbalance in rewards to different litigants
For more information on how the experienced team of mesothelioma lawyers at Williams Kherkher can help you in your civil action suit, contact us today at 800-781-3955.