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Class Actions in Montana
If you've been wronged by a company and are unable to reach a mutually agreeable resolution, you can turn to Montana courts to help settle your dispute. But what can consumers do when it isn't cost- or time-effective to file a lawsuit? If other consumers have similar or identical disputes, a class action may be the solution. Talk to a class action attorney to find out whether this legal option is right for you.
The Basics of a Class Action Lawsuit
A class action lawsuit consolidates many similar legal claims into a single lawsuit. The court hears a representative claim, and then a judge or jury reaches a verdict. If the dispute is resolved in favor of the plaintiffs (also known as the class), each plaintiff can request a share of the proceeds.
Before a class action lawsuit is allowed to proceed, it must be certified, or approved by a judge. Under Montana court rules, the following conditions must be met for a class action to be certified: "One or more members of a class may sue or be sued as representative parties on behalf of all members 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."
Class action lawsuits are commonly used to resolve disputes related to:
- Employment issues, including wage and hour disputes as well as widespread discrimination claims
- Defective products, including cars, appliances, drugs and medical devices
- Financial fraud, including erroneous and misleading fees, as well as securities fraud
- False and misleading advertising and product claims
- Environmental toxic torts
If you think you have grounds for a class action lawsuit, talk to a lawyer today. Your attorney can assess the viability of your case and determine whether any similar class action lawsuits are already in progress.
Find & Hire Local Montana Class Actions Attorneys
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