A class action is a lawsuit brought by one or more persons on behalf of a larger group, or class, of similarly situated people. A consumer class action is a lawsuit on behalf of consumers against a particular business or corporation.

What are the Legal Issues Involved in Consumer Class Actions?

Consumer protection lawsuits cover a broad range of legal issues.  Some common forms of consumer class actions include: 

  • Unfair or Deceptive Business Practices
  • Fraud
  • False Advertising
  • Charging Excessive Interest of Fees
  • Sham Services

What Will I Receive as a Member of a Consumer Class Action Lawsuit?

The benefits of each class action lawsuit vary according to the action.  Often class members are entitled to a portion of the fund of money recovered from the guilty party. However, the larger the class, the less money there is for the class members to share.  Class members may also receive free products or services, often in the form of rebates. If you are a class member of a consumer class action, be sure to read the class notice carefully, as it will contain deadlines and may require you to respond by submitting a claim.  

What is the Effect of a Class Action on my Legal Rights?

If you are a member of a class action lawsuit it is important to understand that you will be bound by the judgment of the court, and will have no further recourse if you are dissatisfied with the outcome.  It may be more beneficial to pursue a lawsuit of your own instead of participating in the class action.  Before deciding whether to opt out of a class or submit a claim, you may wish to contact an attorney to learn about your legal rights.

How Can a Lawyer Help?

If you believe you have a consumer protection issue a consumer attorney can advise you on whether you have a valid case and explain your legal rights to you.