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Class action

A legal complaint filed by a lawyer or group of lawyers for a group of petitioners with an identical grievance, often with an award proportionate to the number of shareholders involved.

Class Action Lawsuit

A lawsuit that occurs when multiple people, who claim to have been wronged by the defendant in the same or a similar way, seek restitution, even if the alleged wrongs occurred at different times. For example, multiple shareholders may file a class action suit against a company if they suffered losses from similar fraudulent actions. Proponents of class actions lawsuits contend that they allow "the little guy," however defined, to seek justice. Opponents argue that they enrich attorneys and do not necessarily help the actual plaintiffs. See also: Tort reform, Class Action Fairness Act of 2005.
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The lawsuit, which sets forth numerous wrongful actions by defendants, including the same claims brought in the state court action, seeks class action status on behalf of an estimated 3500 limited partners across the nation.
Class Action status for the RICO claims were affirmed in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on September 1, 2004.
This affirmation of class action status once again confirms that the doctors' charges against the HMOs of fraud and racketeering are consistent around the nation.
Westcott is seeking class action status in a lawsuit that has been filed on her behalf, as well as her 83-year-old husband, Allin R.
Class action status is not appropriate considering Howmedica's experience with this product; the fact that the FDA has fully reviewed its safety and effectiveness; and that it is a personal injury claim.
Today Rakover joins other Holocaust survivors in seeking class action status of a lawsuit against ICHEIC claiming the International Commission is bias in favor of Generali by allowing claims to be denied on grounds that are totally unfair and bias in favor of Generali.
The United States District Court in Western Louisiana has denied class action status to a lawsuit challenging the safety of wood treated with Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA).
The Minnesota Court of Appeals yesterday declined to accept an interlocutory appeal of a trial court's decision rejecting class action status for the Curtis "lights" case against Philip Morris USA.
announces that it filed a lawsuit seeking class action status against El Paso Corporation, Ronald Kuehn, Jr.
Chitwood & Harley, LLP announces that it filed a lawsuit seeking class action status against El Paso Corporation, Ronald Kuehn, Jr.