Heninger Garrison Davis devotes a substantial proportion of its practice to representing clients through class actions and mass torts. These types of lawsuits allow larger groups of people who have suffered a similar injury to seek recovery from corporations and other defendants that have substantial legal and financial resources. A class action is a single lawsuit brought by a class representative, while a mass tort consolidates many individual cases before the same judge. With a specialized team of attorneys, paralegals, and support staff, Heninger Garrison Davis has been on the forefront of these types of litigations for decades.
Whether a class action or mass tort strategy is appropriate for your case requires evaluation by an experienced attorney. If you have suffered an injury shared by numerous other people, contact us today for a free evaluation of your case.
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UPDATE: HGD is no longer taking new clients on this case.
Alabama and Florida residents and business owners suing Nissan North America Inc. over transmission problems in thousands of its vehicles. The Suit alleges the car maker shouldn’t be allowed to duck their breach of warranty claims.
If you have a potential case not listed here, contact us for a free evaluation. Many types of case are suitable for class action or mass treatment.
How Do Class Action Lawsuits Work?
You may have received a postcard in the mail at some point, letting you know that you are part of a potential class action lawsuit. Or, perhaps you have heard about large multimillion-dollar lawsuits that forced corporations to pay heavy judgments for various types of wrongdoing, such as consumer fraud, junk fees, defective products, recalled products, car / truck defects, and so forth. Many of these lawsuits that take on such powerful corporations are made through class action lawsuits.
In a class action lawsuit, a “class” is formed by many individuals who have very similar claims to make against a defendant. These individuals may have all suffered injury due to the same product, or all experienced some form of discrimination from the same company. Instead of separately pursuing compensation for these harms, the members of the class all become part of one lawsuit.
Class actions usually start with a single injured person approaching a lawyer about pursuing compensation. If the lawyer realizes that many other people have likely suffered an injury due to the same cause as their client, they may attempt to initiate a class action lawsuit. The lawyer will investigate and present a potential class of victims to be certified by a court. Once the class is certified, all proposed injured parties are added to the class unless they opt out.
If the class action lawsuit is successful, all members of the class will receive compensation from the defendant. The method of dividing compensation varies from case to case.
Frequently Asked Questions About Consumer Actions and Mass Torts
We know that you may have further questions about how you can pursue compensation through a class action or mass tort lawsuit. Below are the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. You can also call us at 1.800.241.9779 to schedule a free consultation and receive more information.
A: The way that compensation is divided between class members depends on the particular lawsuit. In some cases, compensation is specific and pre-determined according to what the defendant has cost each member. In others, a formula is applied to determine each member’s compensation based on the degree of harm they have suffered.
A: If your case is sufficiently similar to the others in a class action, it may be more convenient for you to join the class rather than to deal with a personal lawsuit. On the other hand, if your case involves important details that don’t fit into the class action, a mass tort can provide the benefits of a large legal network without sacrificing the specifics of your case.
A: Many consumer class action lawsuits are pending and still accepting new class members, even if they have been ongoing for a couple of years. A lawyer at Heninger Garrison Davis will know of these lawsuits and can help you find a class action to fit your case.