Class Actions Q&A

Before filing a case on behalf of multiple people who have been injured, either physically or monetarily, an initial decision must be made of whether to bring each person’s claims individually, or as a group. If you believe bringing the claims as a group would... Read More
A class action is a type of lawsuit where procedural rules permit one or more persons, known as the class representatives or lead plaintiffs, to sue a common defendant as a representative of a larger group. The class representative then, through their class counsel, prosecutes... Read More
No. Just because you have a potential cause of action against a business does not mean your lawsuit can be brought as a class action. As explained in more detail in the description of a class action there are several legal requirements necessary to proceed... Read More
There are many types of class action lawsuits which can be brought on behalf of a group of class members who have all been harmed in a similar fashion. Many of these are based on the type of laws alleged to be violated by the... Read More
Often, when you hear about class actions you will also hear the term “mass tort,” or “mass action” also discussed. The reason is that there are some definite similarities between a mass tort and a class action. For example, both types of procedural actions share... Read More
A class representative is a person (or multiple persons) who is similarly situated to the other members of the class, who has interests typical of the rest of the class, and can fairly and adequately represent all the other members of the class. Since not... Read More
If you believe you have been harmed by a defendant, and likewise believe that others may have been similarly harmed, you may be considering becoming a class representative to bring a class action lawsuit against that defendant. It is only natural to wonder if there... Read More
Typically, no. During the course of the litigation all potential members of the class are generally provided with notice of the lawsuit and given a chance to “opt out” of the class. If a potential member of the class opts out this means they can... Read More
Starr Austen & Miller is paid on a contingency fee basis, meaning we only get paid attorney’s fees, and reimbursed for expenses and costs, by court order if the class action is successful, either through means of settlement or judgment. What that means for class... Read More
It is impossible to say until the litigation is underway, and even then all estimates are that, just estimates, which are subject to change. For example, Starr Austen & Miller have handled class cases that were resolved within one year and have also handled cases... Read More