Is It Worth Joining a Class Action Lawsuit?
Yes, it is generally worth joining a class action lawsuit if you are eligible, for your own benefit and for the sake of others. These are the top three reasons to join a class action lawsuit:
- Class action litigation is cheaper: The final settlement or award in the case must cover attorneys’ fees. By consolidating all the cases under one representative, that means only one lawyer, firm, or co-counsel arrangement is paid for their work, instead of one lawyer for every single plaintiff. This increases the share for each class member.
- Your results are faster: In class actions, one judge makes one decision that decides all of the linked cases. This efficient method clears the judicial system of redundant litigation, and often expedites a process that could otherwise have taken years for individual plaintiffs.
- All members are compensated: By signing on to the best case in your class, everyone receives an equal payout, regardless of subtle differences between individual cases.
The case that is chosen as the representative for the rest of the class provides the others a direct benefit, and could be the agent for vast industry-wide safety improvements in certain instances. For all who join a class action case, it is a low-to-no-risk option that could result in tangible benefits with zero effort involved.
How Much Can You Expect From a Class Action Lawsuit?
There is no average or median number that can answer this question. The amount you receive individually relies on several factors, including:
- The cost of the injuries or damages done overall
- How many other people are signed onto the case
- The settlement or verdict decided
Some class action lawsuits can be as small as pocket change (a refund for a recalled product) or as large as necessary to account for injuries (emergency care if you consumed a toxic product later recalled).
Some class action cases do not end in monetary awards only, and may involve additional solutions known as “remedies.” These can include other forms of compensation such as vouchers/coupons for future products or services, consequences like firings or delicensings of wrongdoers, and clean-up actions/reforms to undo as much damage as possible and prevent future harm.
Class action lawsuits often have the effect of informing the public of various legal issues and health risks. By participating in a class action, you are often raising awareness for others who might not know about the issue.
The Timeline of a Class Action Lawsuit
Initial injured parties are identified and sign with an attorney
The parties request class action certification from a judge
Once certified, more members of the injured class are notified and can join the case
A settlement or verdict is reached that satisfies the complaint
All members of the class action receive their share of the payout
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How Are Class Action Settlements Divided?
Class action settlements amounts are divided evenly among every single class member. The number of individuals included depends on how far-reaching the issue or injury was, and how effectively those impacted were notified that they qualified.
Class action lawsuits are complex cases that require a skilled attorney with the resources to litigate on behalf of the individual representative and the recognized class as a whole.
The Lyon Firm is currently reviewing and litigating the following class action cases:
The Lyon Firm is dedicated to assisting consumers who represent their class for financial losses or other damages (such as time lost in dealing with the issue, or pain and suffering caused due to stress or worry). We work with law firms across the country to provide the most resources possible, and to build the class case into a valuable settlement for all involved.
If your case is chosen as a class representative, you help every other qualifying member. When you join a class action, you essentially team with the best of the bunch. Contact The Lyon Firm at (513) 381-2333 for representation.
Is There a Downside to Joining a Class Action Lawsuit?
For most class members, no, there is no downside to joining a class action lawsuit. By simply signing up one time, you are signing up to receive the maximum possible compensation, all without having to hire an attorney, file the case yourself, or ever step foot inside a courtroom. No cost upfront, and little-to-no effort on your part — it’s a win-win proposition for most.
That being said, for a few individuals with unique circumstances, joining a class action may not be the right choice. For example, if a food product is recalled because it was contaminated with a potentially harmful bacteria, everyone who bought that product could be able to claim their refund by joining a class action suit. However, if you became extremely sick due the bacteria, missing work and accruing hospital bills, a refund for the item might not be enough to cover your injuries. Likewise, if your loved one died because the bacteria caused or contributed to their passing, your interests and justice for the deceased may be better served by pursuing a wrongful death case.
When you join a class action lawsuit, you waive your right to recover individual compensation, so it is important to make a fully informed decision.
ABOUT THE LYON FIRM
Joseph Lyon has 17 years of experience representing individuals in complex litigation matters. He has represented individuals in every state against many of the largest companies in the world.
The Firm focuses on single-event civil cases and class actions involving corporate neglect & fraud, toxic exposure, product defects & recalls, medical malpractice, and invasion of privacy.
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The Firm offers contingency fees, advancing all costs of the litigation, and accepting the full financial risk, allowing our clients full access to the legal system while reducing the financial stress while they focus on their healthcare and financial needs.
Contact Experienced Class Action Litigators
For many, signing onto the representative case in a class action lawsuit is their best chance at swift, efficient justice. However, if your injuries or losses require individual consideration, you would be far better served by securing your own attorney than joining a class action case.
Speak with an experienced class action litigation lawyer about all your legal options before making any binding decisions. The Lyon Firm can be reached directly online or by calling (513) 381-2333 for a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation. We can discuss your specific circumstances, and possibly provide you with individual representation right away.
Once a class action case has formed and you find that you’re qualified to join, you have a choice to make — let us help you pursue the justice you deserve.
Class Action Litigation FAQs
Without class actions, large corporate defendants would be able to cause harm to a large group of individuals without any risk of monetary penalty.
Class actions allow the court system to be freed up, avoid backlog, and save taxpayer dollars, etc. This overall helps enforce regulatory statutes and common laws to keep companies honest and hold them accountable when they deceive the public or fall below acceptable industry standards.
Some cases are resolved in a matter of months while others can be litigated for years. Some companies wish to settle quickly to minimize a PR backlash while others fight until the end, taking each case to trial.
The Lyon Firm will handle litigation of class action cases until they reach a satisfactory end, no matter how many negotiation meetings are necessary, and including if the case goes to trial.
Short answer: class actions are when many people join one case for identical outcomes, and mass torts are groupings of similar individual cases where one decision can lead to unique outcomes.
A class action lawsuit involves a large group of people that have experienced extremely similar outcomes stemming from the same cause, such as a defective product. Because the cases must meet the strict guidelines of the class action, they are presented under one plaintiff. The final compensation is divided evenly across the entire class.
In a mass tort case, individual experiences may vary, as in a negligently caused fire that destroys one person’s home, another’s business, and a third person’s health. Even though a large number of people have been affected, the variations from case to case are broad and distinct, so each plaintiff is considered independently when it comes to settlement amounts.
In order for a case to be certified as a class action, the court must first determine that the case is appropriate for class action treatment under the Federal Civil Rules of Procedure (Rule 23). In general, the Court must find the following elements are satisfied and/or considered:
- Numerosity: This means that the proposed class must be so numerous that other methods of combining the claims would not work due to legal or administrative barriers that would overly complicate the litigation. Most courts have allowed class cases to meet this threshold with 40 or more class members.
- Geographic diversity: Where class members are close in location, joining the cases may be more practical.
- Evidence of the number of claimants: Estimates of the number of claimants are sufficient, as the case can be certified based on the projected prediction of participants.
- Ability to identify class members: If it’s possible to easily identify each class member, joining the cases may be more practical.
- Size of potential individual recoveries: Larger recoveries for class members may weigh in favor of joining the cases, while smaller recoveries can make consolidating cases more impractical.
- Commonality: The facts and/or legal questions in the dispute must be common to all class members. This does not mean all facts or issues must be identical. However, the answer of truth or falsity with respect to the law should be reasonably determined in “one stroke” so that the representative case can apply to all others fairly.
Your lawyer handles all that is necessary to gather and present the above information. The complex and exacting nature of these proceedings are why experience matters for class action litigation attorneys.
The Lyon Firm has a proven track of successful case results for class action, mass tort, and multi-district cases. We can be reached online or by calling (513) 381-2333 for more specific information and possible representation today.
Recent Class Action Cases
The Lyon Firm investigates and litigates class action cases involving Invasion of Privacy, TCPA, Consumer Fraud, Data Breach, and Deceptive Sales Practices, Mortgage Satisfaction, Mortgage Satisfaction Violations, and Financial Fraud.
Class Counsel Appointments and Experience: Joseph Lyon has been appointed as Co-Lead Counsel in State and Federal Class Action Cases.
Data Breach & Privacy Lawsuits
Invasion of privacy law has been established to protect consumers and citizens of the United States. When companies are negligent and fail to protect consumer information, which can be used in malicious ways, victims can contact a class action attorney to represent them in class action data breach lawsuits. A number of privacy breach and data breach claims have been settled by The Lyon Firm and other consumer protection lawyers around the country.
Consumer Protection Class Action
Consumers have rights in the USA, and when companies do not provide a service they have promised, or hold up their end of a bargain, legal action may be necessary. Consumer protection attorneys work on your behalf to hold companies responsible for providing a fair and safe service.
The Lyon Firm has worked with law firms nationwide in consumer class actions involving deceptive marketing, false advertising, food mislabeling and misleading marketing claims.
TCPA Robocall Class Actions
TCPA lawsuits have become one of the most common kinds of legal claims. The TCPA Act provides privacy protection for consumers by restricting how companies and organizations can contact you by telephone. Robocall harassment and unfair debt collection has been a serious issue that has required lawsuits in order to keep telemarketing companies at bay.
If you have experienced telephone harassment by a bank, real estate company, hotel, political campaign or anyone else, you may have TCPA claim. The Lyon Firm works diligently to seek compensation for those harassed at their home or work.
Wage and Hour Lawsuits
Class action wage and hour lawsuits are always ongoing, as some employers fail to treat employees properly, and attempt to cut workers out of earned wages. Wage theft lawsuits can be valuable for a class of plaintiffs who believes their employer has cheated them out of overtime pay and other earned wages.
There have been several wage theft lawsuits and settlements that have compensated employees for the wages they have earned, as well as damages for emotional distress and punitive damages when an employer is negligent in treating workers in accordance to Ohio labor law.