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What is a Class Action?

by | Wednesday, December 5, 2018

A class action, sometimes also known as a class proceeding, is a form of litigation that allows a group of people to have their common legal issues heard in court together. Usually, a group will be represented by a single person (called the “representative plaintiff”), or a small number of people, who fall within the definition of the class.

In order to bring a class action lawsuit, it must first be demonstrated that the group has enough in common for their grievances to be tried together. This is part of the “certification” process. Certification is the first step in a class action. If a court agrees that the class action should be certified as such, then the group can proceed to have their shared legal issues determined together, in a common issues trial.

Class actions require expertise and experience. They are complex to pursue and are often fought aggressively by defendants. They do, however, offer a number of advantages, as compared to other litigation alternatives. A class action allows people access to justice when they may not be able to resolve their legal issues alone, because the costs of starting an individual legal action may outweigh the potential award. Class actions can be efficient and cost-effective, especially in cases such as product liability, privacy breaches, workplace harassment, institutional abuse, and other unfair practices that commonly affect groups of people.

Please contact Wagners if you would like to discuss whether a class action may be a useful tool to resolve your legal issue.

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Sam M
Sam M
16:11 19 Jan 18
Dyana was so kind to help me and respond to my query within 24h even though they do not pursue the specific class action I was looking for. She sent me few links by email. Thank you Dyana.
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linda frausell
01:21 16 May 17
I have dealt with Wagner and Associates over the years and have received great advice,support and results . Their team is very respectful and show they care. You can trust them to take care of you and they always have your best interest in hand. I would definetly recommend them .
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frank slaunwhite
16:29 03 May 17
Ray Wagner and his legal team have been representing my niece and I for many years. They have been honest and quick to respond to all our needs in a professional manner. I highly recommend Wagners Law Firm and appreciate their caring approach.Thanks
Missy Day
Missy Day
12:03 06 Oct 16
I can't speak highly enough about the lawyers at Wagners who represented me for injuries from not one but two motor vehicle accidents. They were very professional and approachable. I was kept informed of all steps in the process and all of my inquiries were responded to and dealt with very quickly. The lawyers are knowledgeable and showed great empathy for what I was going through. I would recommend this firm to anyone!
Nicholas Gordon
Nicholas Gordon
11:30 06 Oct 16
I contacted Wagners about a motor vehicle accident.I was able to speak with someone right away. The staff were very pleasant and helpful.I received a response about pursuing a case the next day.I would highly recommend this firm.
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