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Insights on joining a class action lawsuit

Posted by Brad Ponder | Dec 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

A civil lawsuit could become a “class action suit” when a plaintiff chooses to sue on behalf of a group. For example, a company might release a defective product, so a class action lawsuit seeks to recover damages for all those harmed. A Washington, DC resident might read about a class action suit and realize he or she might have a claim. Logical questions then arise about getting involved in a class action matter.

Joining a class action lawsuit

Surprisingly, someone wishing to join a class action lawsuit does not need to take any bold steps. Anyone with a “legal interest” in the class action becomes a party to it. Unless the person chooses to opt-out, he or she could file a claim on the suit.

Of course, the person has to maintain a legitimate connection to the suit. If the lawsuit involves people who purchased a particular product or took a specific unsafe medicine, only those who bought the product or used the medication would be eligible to file a claim.

Learning about a class action lawsuit

While many people might have a valid claim, they might not know that a class action matter applies to them. Keeping an eye out for press releases about class actions seems advisable. Hopefully, those affected by the lawsuit will receive a notice in the mail or their email inbox.

Performing due diligence seems advisable when receiving a notice about a class action suit. That is, the recipient might take steps to make sure the message is legitimate and not a phishing scheme or another scam.

If the notice is legitimate and applies to the recipient, filing a claim for a portion of the settlement may be the necessary step to take. Claimants may benefit from filing a proper claim that facilitates a swift payment.

About the Author

Brad Ponder

Brad specializes in complex litigation, including class actions and mass torts in both state and federal court. He represents consumer and business owners in a variety of lawsuits, including class actions and high-stakes litigation against major corporations. 


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