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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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in Hopkinton, MA, and the victim of two recent strike suits, aptly defines them as "meritless class-action suits in which the attorneys rush to the courthouse without any basis in fact.
The successful class-action suit will eventually return $400,000 to women on welfare in Rhode Island, according to staff attorney Gretchen Bath.
Cahn approved a settlement in the class-action suit against Bolar.
According to the class-action suit, EIC salespeople used ``boiler room'' telemarketing pitches and tours of the Antelope Valley, convincing clients to sign investment contracts for part ownership in hundreds of acres.
The class-action suit seeks compensation and damages for personal injury, property damage and lost property values that allegedly was caused by leaking hazardous waste and toxins at the plant, Jacobsen said.
That suit is the first class-action suit based on the effects of secondhand smoke.
The proposed class-action suit, filed in Oregon Circuit Court in Multnomah County claims that AOL knowingly released a version of their software that, without warning, made major changes to users' computer operating systems rendering them unstable, and in some cases, inoperable.
Companies are anxious to settle because a class-action suit is so onerous and costly, even though most class members know very little about the case that has their names on it, said Lawrence Schonbrun, a Berkeley attorney.
The proposed class-action suit, filed in Superior Court of Arizona in Pima County claims that AOL knowingly released a version of their software that, without warning, made major changes to users' computer operating systems rendering them unstable, and in some cases, inoperable.
Justice has prevailed finally, finally," said Eliza Thompson, mother of Chanda Smith, the learning-disabled lead plaintiff in the 1993 class-action suit filed to force the district to do better by its 65,000 mentally and physically handicapped students.
James Guidry, the first of six named plaintiffs to the class-action suit, said, &uot;The AFL teams have conspired to push players down, push salaries down and to deny us any injury protection/but we are fighting back.
But others voiced opposition, contending that they did not wish to be represented by the ACLU, nor to be a part of a class-action suit.