Common Types of Class Action Lawsuits in the US

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Class action lawsuits are a legal dispute that involves a group of people. It usually occurs when a larger organization or cooperation has harmed a group of customers or investors. The class action is handled by an attorney and a leader defender. The rest of the group is individuals who have signed on as also being affected. These are some of the most common types of class action suits filed.

Securities class actions

Securities class actions occur when an investor is wronged. The investor or group of investors handled and sold a company?s securities. If the securities rules and regulations were not followed during the sold period, the investors may file for a securities class actions lawsuit. These lawsuits are usually of high profile and can be difficult to prove in court. Proving improper security regulation followings can be difficult to achieve, thus making securities class actions not as common as other types of class action lawsuits.

Consumer class actions

A consumer is considered a buyer or user of a product or service. When many consumers are harmed, a class action lawsuit generally follows. In these cases, proof of a faulty product, harmful ingredient, or failure to follow safety rules and regulations is needed. There many also be a variance to this class action filing when the group harmed are the employees of a company. It may still fall under the consumer class action lawsuit filing, but in the form of commercial cases. When a group of employees are a part of the class arbitration, there is usually a work related or union sponsored representative.

Employment class actions

Employment class actions are different than consumer based class action lawsuits in that it is usually filed by a group of employees that experienced unfair work practices. Common concerns that are often involved in employment related class actions include unpaid vacation and overtime wages, requiring employees to work off the clock, treating contracted workers are employed workers, contract disputes, skipping meals or break times, and discriminating an employee based on their age, gender, or race. The concern of civil rights is often present in employment class action lawsuits.

Environmental class actions

An environmental class action is when a group of people are affected due to environmental factors. This type of class action lawsuit is common with oil distributors, when large scale oil spills occur. It can also occur when toxic chemicals are released from a plant or when toxic waste is not disposed of properly. These class action lawsuits are also generally wide scale and attract a lot of media attention, as the groups harmed are often severely harmed. Class actions are important in forcing responsibility. We could save 5,000 lives per year and prevent thousands of cases of respiratory and heart disease by reducing toxic air pollution from industrial plants.

Primary or confidentiality class actions

HIPPA laws and credit sharing laws prohibit businesses from sharing your confidential and private information. These laws are present in health offices, employment settings, and legal concerns. When information is shared without client approval, clients have a right to compensation. This share of confidential information is not always intentional, in the event that a data or security breach occurs. The government has strict rules and regulations around how collected information can be used and shared and if those rules are not followed accordingly, clients can organize a class action lawsuit.

Class action lawsuits are the people?s right to receive just and fair compensation when a business wrongs them. Except to the extend modified by the parties, class actions are handled by FedArb Arbitrators or Panels in the same manner as they are handled under FRCP 23, including certification, notice, and settlement. The group filing the class action lawsuit does not have to pay anything out of pocket and simply receives compensation if the court rules in their favor. Common class action lawsuit causes include securities fraud, employment and consumer class actions, environmental, and privacy class actions.

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