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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Lawsuits by Victoria E. Green

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Class Action

If enough other people have suffered the same kind of injuries from the same defect or event, it can be more efficient to create a class action suit than to have each person sue individually. Class action suits take all the people who have a similar claim and officially turn them into a single plaintiff, in a process called certifying them as a class. Usually one person’s name appears as the lead or name plaintiff in the case name.
Class action suits are more efficient for the courts and for the defendant, because they only have to deal with one case instead of thousands. The advantage to the plaintiffs is that the cost of a lawyer and pursuing the case is spread around a group, although frequently these cases are taken on a contingent ...

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