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Class Actions in Massachusetts
A class action lawsuit allows many parties (the plaintiffs or class) who have similar or identical disputes with a company (the defendant) to resolve those claims through a single, consolidated lawsuit. Class actions may be filed in federal court, Massachusetts court or another state's court. If you think you have reason for a class action lawsuit, make an appointment today to speak to a class action attorney.
Class action lawsuits are commonly used to resolve disputes related to:
- Labor and employment issues
- Environmental toxic torts
- False and misleading advertising
- Financial fraud, such as inflated and undisclosed bank fees, as well as securities fraud
- Products liability
- Personal injury claims related to defective medical devices and defective drugs
Under Massachusetts law, to qualify (or be certified) as a class action, a lawsuit must meet four requirements:
"One or more members of a class may sue or be sued as representative parties on behalf of all only if (1) the class is so numerous that joinder of all members is impracticable, (2) there are questions of law or fact common to the class, (3) the claims or defenses of the representative parties are typical of the claims or defenses of the class, and (4) the representative parties will fairly and adequately protect the interests of the class."
How Can I Join a Class Action?
If you've been wronged by a company, talk to a class action lawyer to find out whether your claim would meet the requirements of a class action under Massachusetts law. The attorney can also let you know if another class action lawsuit is already in progress.
If there's an existing class action and you qualify to be included in the class, you'll typically have to decide between one of three options:
- Remain a part of the class and then file a claim if the lawsuit is successfully resolved in the class's favor
- Notify the court that you're opting out of the class, which gives you the legal right to file an independent lawsuit against the defendant
- Do nothing, giving up both your right to file a separate lawsuit as well as your right to claim a share of any award or settlement
Find & Hire Local Massachusetts Class Actions Attorneys
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