There’s power in numbers, and when multiple people are injured by a person, corporation, or organization, a class action lawsuit is often the best path forward to secure justice and compensation.
Here at Weaver, Bennett & Bland, we’re dedicated to defending those who have been victimized by others. Our lawyers aren’t intimidated by the corporate world. In fact, we are currently litigating three class action claims, including cases against:
- Power Home Solar for consumer fraud
- Jireh Prep Academy, also for consumer fraud
- Monsanto for injuries associated with Roundup, a well-known herbicide now known to be dangerous to users
In this issue, our Charlotte class action lawyers will explain the various aspects of a class-action lawsuit, and how they work in North Carolina.
What is a class action lawsuit?
Simply put, class action lawsuits enable multiple victims to combine their claims into one case so that their pursuit of justice and deserved compensation can be made more efficiently.
This way, multiple victims are better positioned to seek legal action. Otherwise, some victims may have the resources for legal justice while others may not.
Another advantage of a class-action lawsuit is that victims have a better chance of recovering compensation. If the at-fault party is forced to defend multiple lawsuits, the pool of compensation could run dry before everyone receives their fair share.
How does a class action lawsuit work in North Carolina?
If you’ve been injured by water contamination or a medical device, for example, a class action attorney can help you join an existing class action case or help you initiate one.
In a class-action case, at least one person will serve as a representative for the other victims. That person’s claim should be typical of the other victims, and there should be no conflict between that person and the other class members. Once that person is identified, the case can proceed on behalf of the others.
While the other members do not take a direct part in the case unless they have compelling evidence, the class representative works with the lawyers on strategies and helps determine whether to accept or deny offers of settlement.
If no settlement is reached, the case will proceed in court, and the judge or jury will determine how the compensation will be distributed.
Are class action lawsuits worth it?
Because medical bills and lost wages can quickly put you in a bind, a class action lawsuit is often the best course of action.
In December 2018, a Hardee’s restaurant here in Charlotte agreed to a settlement of $246,000 to those exposed to Hepatitis A at their establishment.
Other sizable successful class action lawsuits include:
- Volkswagen settling for $14.7 billion for it scandal involving cheating on diesel emissions claims
- Tobacco companies paying more than $206 billion to cover the medical costs of injured smokers in 37 states
- A $234.6 million settlement this year against the now-defunct Aequitas Capital Management company for a Ponzi scheme used to sell securities
What does a class action lawsuit cost?
In most cases, class action attorneys receive a percentage of the compensation awarded to the victims.
Here at Weaver, Bennett & Bland, we offer free consultations on class action claims. In most cases, we work on a contingency basis – meaning we don’t get paid unless we’re successful in reaching a settlement with the defendant or after obtaining a jury award.
For a free consultation about class action lawsuits, call the Charlotte class action lawyers with Weaver, Bennett & Bland.
For more than 37 years, we’ve treated our clients the way we want to be treated. Whether it’s a small claims matter for a few thousand dollars or a multi-million-dollar class-action lawsuit, our team is ready to develop a strategy specific to your case, designed to prevail in court.