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Class Actions in Nevada
If you're involved in a legal dispute with a company and unable to reach a mutually agreeable resolution, you have the option of suing the company in Nevada civil court. But what can you do if it's impractical to sue the company? If others have similar or identical disputes against the business, you should talk to a class action attorney about whether a class action lawsuit is a viable solution.
A class action is a type of lawsuit where the claims of many plaintiffs (also known as the class) are resolved in a single court case. Not every plaintiff will have to appear in court—in fact, most never will. Instead, the court hears the claims of a representative plaintiff before reaching a verdict.
Class actions are used to resolve many types of legal disputes. Among them, lawsuits related to:
- Labor and employment issues, particularly compensation claims
- Misleading or erroneous fees charged by banks, credit card companies and other institutions
- Products liability cases, particularly related to defective drugs, defective medical devices and defective motor vehicles
- Shareholder lawsuits alleging securities fraud
- Environmental toxic torts
Joining a Class Action
When a class action lawsuit is filed, the judge assigned to the case will hold a hearing to determine whether to certify the case, that is, allow it to continue as a class action.
Under Nevada court rules, the following conditions must be met for a case to be certified:
"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."
As a plaintiff, you have a couple of opportunities to join the class action. Before a lawsuit is filed, you can contact local class action attorneys and offer to serve as the lead or representative plaintiff in the case. Alternately, once a class action is certified, you have the opportunity to choose between three options:
- You may join the class action and file a claim for compensation, if the lawsuit is resolved in favor of the plaintiffs
- You may opt out, which allows you to reserve the right to file an individual lawsuit against the company, but precludes you from accepting any compensation from the class action
- Or you may do nothing, losing your right to collect compensation from the class or to file a separate lawsuit
Talk to a local class action lawyer if you're having difficulty deciding whether to join a class action or opt out. The attorney can walk you through the pros and cons of each option.
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