The attorneys at Franklin D. Azar & Associates, P.C. have spent years doggedly pursuing their clients best interests. We can use that experience to evaluate your case and guide you through the legal process as expeditiously as possible.
What is a class action?
A class action is a type of lawsuit brought on behalf of a group. Typically, every member of the group has the same problem or set of problems. Because of the sheer number of individuals, as a matter of economy, it is more efficient to bring one cause of action. Bringing a single cause of action prevents different verdicts, gives a much larger number of people access to the judicial system, and allows individuals to combine their resources to make their case exponentially stronger. It is impossible to list all of the members of the group, known as ‘the class’; so a few individuals are selected from the group to act as a class representative. Frequently, the people who act as the class representatives were also the individuals who first came to our firm with a complaint.
Why a class action and not an individual action?
Sometimes the reason you may seek our help is such that pursuing the action on an individual basis would cost more than you could ever recover. However, what happened to you may be happening to hundreds of other people. If after speaking with you in detail we discover that the wrong done to you is pervasive and widespread, we may ask you to consider pursuing your claim as a class action.
Who pays for the class action?
In a class action, unnamed class members are never responsible for costs associated with the class action. Instead, the named class members (the people whose names appear in the caption (title) of the lawsuit are responsible for costs. At our firm, we generally, though not always, work on a contingency fee basis. So, unless you get paid, we don’t.
How long does it take to resolve a class action?
Class actions typically average anywhere from two to ten years. Due to the enormous number of people involved, these are not actions that move quickly.