Recent Examples of class action from the Web
Latest College Sports Highlights Most of those cases were settled out of court under confidential terms, and a federal class action suit was dismissed on procedural grounds in 2015.
But that explanation hasn’t stopped Stefan Bogdanovich and Dakota Speas from putting together a class action lawsuit in California, CNBC reports.
The tactic prompted a 2014 federal class action lawsuit against the city, which in June proposed a voluntary permanent ban on using civil-asset forfeiture proceeds to fund law enforcement.
Some of the 77 motorists who lost property to the SAFE unit have joined a federal class action lawsuit seeking damages for civil rights violations.
Among those joining a class action suit were six black Secret Service agents who in April 1993 were refused service at a Maryland Denny’s on their way to a nearby event for President Bill Clinton.
Not coincidentally, the initiative was launched a mere 13 days after the streaming service settled two class action songwriter lawsuits and established a $43.5 million fund to compensate rights holders for past copyright infringement.
Multiple class action suits have been filed in response to this obvious racial profiling.
All cases and claims pertaining to this Contest must be brought in a court of competent jurisdiction in the City of New York, without recourse to class action suits.
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Financial Definition of CLASS ACTION
What It Is
Class action is a type of civil lawsuit brought by a group of people who are "similarly situated" -- that is, they have been harmed in a similar way. In the business world, this group is most often shareholders, customers or employees.
How It Works
A class action suit begins as a written complaint that identifies a problem and the class of people involved. The person or entity (usually a law firm) bringing the complaint to the attention of the court on behalf of the class is called the class representative. If the court determines that the complaint and the class meet certain legal requirements, the class is "certified" and anyone meeting the class definition is automatically a member of the class. If the court does not certify the class, plaintiffs are left to pursue their cases individually.
Class members usually have little or no role in the proceedings. If the members don't like the outcome of the suit, they can usually opt out of the class and pursue the defendant on their own (unless the defendant is already bankrupt -- then the court might prohibit this). Not all class action suits seek monetary damages; some seek injunctive relief, whereby a company is instructed to stop an unconstitutional practice.
The class representative is usually paid on a contingency basis, meaning that they are not paid until there is an adequate settlement or judgment. The court approves and awards the compensation to the representative and orders the distribution of the remainder to the members of the class.
Why It Matters
Class action suits are controversial. On one hand, they serve an important legal function by allowing a large group of people to affordably seek justice and share the various legal expenses. This levels the playing field between deep-pocketed defendants and less wealthy claimants. Class actions also save the court system time and money by not having to try each person's case individually.
Critics argue that class action suits foster a litigious society because attorneys often make more from a judgment or settlement than the people they represent. Many times there are tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars at stake, but after the attorney is paid, the remaining amount is distributed among hundreds or thousands of class members. Spreading the proceeds between so many class members may result in token payments.
CLASS ACTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of class action for English Language Learners
law : a lawsuit in which many people join together to sue because they all say they were harmed by the same person or group
legal Definition of class action
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