Class Action Attorneys in Fort Lauderdale
Helping Consumers and Employees Seek Compensation in Florida, Illinois, and Colorado
A class action lawsuit is filed by an individual or company representing a significant group of people who have identical or similar issues or injuries. Class action suits tend to happen when someone has been financially or physically injured, knows or suspects others have experienced a similar injury, and realizes that an individual lawsuit could be prohibitively expensive compared to the extent of the individual’s damages. Our team at USA Employment Lawyers can help evaluate whether bringing a class action lawsuit makes sense for your case.
We can help you with numerous types of class actions, including:
- Unpaid wages and overtime
- Unlawful meal period deductions
- Unlawful failure to pay uniform expenses
- Unlawful “off-the-clock” work
- Employer’s misclassification of employees as independent contractors
- Spam text messages
- WARN Act violations
- COBRA notice violations
- Defective products
- False and deceptive advertising
If you believe you have been the victim of one of the above circumstances, contact us to learn about your options in class action. If we determine a class action is warranted, you can choose to become a “representative” who brings the case on behalf of a greater number of people suffering similar damages. A class action lawsuit could be brought on behalf of as few as a dozen individuals or up into the millions of people. Both you and the group you represent can then have attorneys argue your case in court on a contingency fee basis.
If you have questions about class actions and whether one might be warranted in your case, call (800) 483-0998 or contact our Fort Lauderdale class action attorneys online.
Why Choose Class Action?
With a successful individual lawsuit, you win recourse for damages you have incurred. A class action, however, objects to a company’s broader, systemic behavior, the sort of unsafe, unfair, or illegal actions that negatively affect many lives. As a result, a successful class action suit makes a large financial impact on a company and has a greater likelihood of reforming the offending practice(s).
Class actions have historically advanced justice in a number of arenas, including employee rights, civil rights, healthcare, housing, and consumer rights. In some ways, they could be considered heroic, as class actions help hold corporations accountable, enable governments to enforce laws, and make businesses safer.
How Much Does a Class Action Cost?
Class actions are unique in that, generally, they will not cost you anything. At USA Employment Lawyers, we will take the case on a contingency fee basis. That means there are no out of pocket fees to you or any of the class members. Our law firm will devote time, money, and resources to the class action complaint on behalf of the representative and the class party to the lawsuit. We risk the possibility of not getting paid for a tremendous amount of work. That is why we will only go forward on claims that we believe will ultimately prevail. When we receive a victory, our attorneys will request an award forour expenses and fees from the court, the final amount of which is at the judge’s discretion.
What Is a Class Representative, and How Do You Become One?
A class action only requires one representative to be filed. A class representative is an individual or company that has been harmed, believes others have experienced similar monetary or physical injuries from the same action, possesses a desire for that action to end, and wishes to be remunerated for any monetary damages incurred by the wrongful actions. This class representative will, as the name would imply, help represent the suit as a lead plaintiff.
If you believe you are in a scenario that fits the above description and wish to explore becoming a class representative in a class action, your first step should be contacting our class action attorneys in Fort Lauderdale. We can evaluate your case, determine if a class action is warranted, and strategize on how to achieve a favorable outcome.
What Is Required of a Class Representative?
As we mentioned above, a class representative is not responsible for paying for any court or filing fees to bring a class action suit. If you become a class representative, you will likely have to provide documentation and testimony supporting your claim(s). Our legal team at USA Employment Lawyers will of course assist and advise you, and you may be responsible for helping make key decisions as the case proceeds. If the class action is successful, it is within the courts discretion to award you a “class incentive fee”, which is additional compensation in recognition of your elevated efforts.
How Long Does a Class Action Take?
If our lawyers determine a class action is warranted based on our thorough review of the facts of the case and the relevant laws, a first step generally involves a preliminary letter sent to the offending corporation requesting the wrongdoing be addressed and the victims compensated. The goal is to avoid litigation, if at all possible. Should the corporation refuse, we will typically next file a lawsuit with the class representative registered as the lead plaintiff.
Then, our legal team will petition the court to certify the case as a class action lawsuit. Assuming the suit meets the appropriate legal requirements, the court will issue an approval and the lawsuit will proceed as a class action. Throughout the process, our attorneys may attempt to convince the opposition to settle or find some sufficient compromise which will provide compensation for those party to the suit. Otherwise, depending if the claim is filed in state or federal court, class actions cantake multiple years to resolve in court, and potentially even longer for victims to receive renumeration.
Let Us Help Determine If Your Case Demands Class Action
At USA Employment Lawyers, our class action attorneys in Fort Lauderdale are committed to helping our clients fight systemic injustice and illegal business practices. We pride ourselves on offering our clients the personal service they deserve, and we are prepared to apply our experience and knowledge of class action law to your benefit. We serve clients throughout the states of Florida, Colorado, and Illinois. If you have been wronged and suspect others may be in a similar position, reach out to our team for a free case evaluation.
Contact us online or dial (800) 483-0998 to speak to someone on our legal team today.