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Class Actions in Missouri
If you've been wronged by a business, you might contact the company directly in an effort to resolve the issue. But what do you do if you can't resolve the issue? In many instances, it might not be cost effective to file a lawsuit. In cases like that, consumers often file class action lawsuits, which allow many similar claims to be addressed in a single court case heard in Missouri court, federal court or another state's court. Talk to a class action attorney today if you think you have grounds for a class action.
Class Action Basics
Class action lawsuits allow many plaintiffs (the class) to resolve similar or identical disputes with one or several companies in a single lawsuit.
Class actions are commonly used to resolve disputes related to:
- Securities fraud
- Defective products, such as defective drugs, medical devices, automobiles and appliances
- False or misleading advertising
- Financial fraud
- Employment issues
- Environmental toxic torts
Under Missouri court rules, a class action must meet four conditions before it will be certified, or allowed to proceed:
"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."
If you are a member of a class action, you probably won't have to appear in court or testify. The representative parties are the only ones that have those responsibilities.
At some point in the process, lawyers associated with the case will attempt to notify all potential plaintiffs. (This may be done through direct mail, email, phone calls and TV advertisements.) You will be given three choices:
- Opt out of any court award or settlement, allowing you to file a separate lawsuit against the defendant
- File a claim for compensation if the case is resolved in the class's favor
- Do nothing, giving up your right to either sue or claim a share of the compensation
Find & Hire Local Missouri Class Actions Attorneys
Whether you live in Kansas City, Columbia, St. Louis or elsewhere in Missouri, let Attorneys.com help connect you with class action lawyers in your area. Call 877-913-7222 or fill out the form on this page to use our free lawyer referral service. After you answer a few basic questions, we'll quickly match you with class action attorneys in your area.