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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 suit, filed in the Manhattan federal court on Wednesday, seeks class action status on behalf of other victims of apartheid human rights violations.
Cigarette firm British American Tobacco, on whose board former Tory Chancellor Ken Clarke sits, jumped 11p to 526p after a US court refused to allow class action status in a lawsuit against cigarette manufacturers.
I am not saying court decisions have irreparably injured those class actions or made them not viable, but lawyers pursuing a class action status against HMOs have a little tougher road ahead, although some things in Hedrich actually help their cause.
Presiding Judge David McKeague of the Western District Court of Michigan denied class action status in a lawsuit filed against Jackson National Life Insurance Company this past spring.
Additionally, in this matter, the judge opened the door for the tenants to seek damages and legal fees by granting them class action status and permitted the tenants association to be an aggrieved party for the action.
District Court for class action status in their ongoing battle over Target's 2013 data breach, which compromised approximately 110 million credit and debit cards.
According to a lawsuit recently granted class action status in a California state court, you may be enjoying something ...
Financial institutions have filed a suit against the company in multiple jurisdictions and are seeking class action status.
O'Shea is seeking class action status for the lawsuit, including anyone in the U.S.
The lawsuit seeks collective and class action status, and monetary damages.
She is seeking at least $75,000 ahead of the trial and said she doesn't want class action status to represent all iPod touch owners.
A federal judge has granted class action status in a lawsuit accusing the world's largest retailer of discriminating against blacks who've applied for over-the-road trucking jobs.