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Class Action Lawyers in Philadelphia

What is a Class Action Lawsuit?

In a class action lawsuit, a small number of plaintiffs represent a larger group of individuals who have similar claims, combining what may have been thousands of lawsuits into a single legal action. Class action cases are often useful in challenging major corporations, which otherwise have the financial and legal resources to stifle such claims. For decades, we have successfully represented clients from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and across the country, recovering hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements.

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Have you been injured or harmed due to deceptive financial practices, chemical exposure, data breaches, or defective products? Call us at (215) 278-4449.

Types of Class Action Lawsuits

If you have been defrauded by deceptive banking or credit card practices, exposed to a dangerous chemical or suffered a breach of personal information, our nationally respected consumer class action attorneys at Golomb Spirt Grunfeld, P.C. can help. We have successfully represented numerous consumers throughout the United States in cases involving bank fraud, credit card company fraud, and consumer fraud cases such as:

Due to the complexity of consumer class action claims and the resources necessary to prosecute them, many law firms decline such cases. However, other law firms know they can count on Golomb Spirt Grunfeld, P.C. and often refer major class action cases from across the nation to our team.

Advantages of Class Action Lawsuits

There are numerous advantages to class action lawsuits. Injured plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit are allowed to join together, thus streamlining the litigation process and taking less time from the courts. Plaintiffs can share resources as well, such as evidence, expert witnesses, and the costs of litigation.

In addition, class action lawsuits allow consumers to seek justice against large corporations more effectively even when the consumer did not individually lose a lot of money. This often leads directly to a change in how a corporation or company operates, thus improving safety for all consumers. While the threat of an individual victim may not change the behavior of the corporations, the fear of a class of thousands and sometimes millions will.

Components of a Class Action Lawsuit

Unlike your typical lawsuit, a class action lawsuit involves a large group of plaintiffs combining their resources against a defendant or defendants that have wronged them. In order to enact a class action suit, the following must be proven:

1. The group harmed is large enough that it would be impractical to conduct individual cases; and

2. Common issues exist in each case and the attorney (or attorneys) will be able to represent all parties within the class action

If these prerequisites are established, it’s important to understand the complex components of a class action lawsuit.

1. Filing the Case: Once the legal team analyzes all the available information and determines a case can be made, a class action lawsuit can be filed by the group’s lawyer.

2. Certification: After filing the case, the court then determines the variables for the case and whether or not it qualifies for a class action. In addition, the court may suggest discovery, which is a pre-trial procedure used to gather evidence for a lawsuit.

3. Objections: If the case is certified and the judge rules on the parameters of the class action, the defendant has the option to object the validity of the claim or whether the plaintiffs are appropriate representatives.

4. Announcements: Once the defendant has the opportunity to object and be heard by the judge, the case is announced to the public. This allows parties who may be affected by the issue to become aware of the litigation and potentially join the class action lawsuit and receive compensation.

5. Settlement: Many times, the defendant in a class action lawsuit will settle the case out of court, providing compensation to the plaintiffs. However, if they refuse to settle, the case will go to trial, which can take a few months to over a year to resolve. Whether the case is settled or goes to trial, a judge must approve the final disbursement to the plaintiffs to ensure they are compensated fairly.

When Will Your Class Action Lawsuit Reach a Settlement?

People who belong to a class in a pending class action lawsuit understandably will want to receive their portion of any winnings sooner than later. But how reasonable is it to expect a class action to conclude quickly? Will it actually be a while before seeing any money from a class action lawsuit, assuming that it ends in the plaintiffs’ favors? Since class actions usually involve many parties, complicated injuries or financial damages, and a large corporation as a defendant, they do tend to take more time to close than a typical personal injury claim.

The following three aspects could add significant time to the overall duration of a class action lawsuit:

  • Multiple parties and plaintiffs: Many parties means there will be all the more people to converse with and consult to ensure all the claims are lining up and match the description of the class action. Discovering that a portion of the class members do not actually fit appropriately into the class action could jeopardize the entire case. Class action attorneys should not be rushed when identifying potential class members to minimize the chances of such a problem.
  • Complex damages: The harm caused to class members in a class action lawsuit is often more intricate than expected, such as when a class action is created due to a data breach that leaked client data to the world. Researching the problem, pinpointing liability, and calculating a fair compensation amount takes time. Even if the class action regards something as straightforward as a defective product that has been hurting consumers in all the same way, it could be a while before the total of all damages is known with confidence.
  • Powerful defendants: Filing any sort of complaint against a corporation or government agency, as is often the case in a class action, usually starts off as an uphill legal battle for plaintiffs. Big companies and organizations protect themselves with teams of attorneys at all times. If you want to break through their defenses, you need to work with a confident, experienced, and capable attorney of your own.

For a free case evaluation, call (215) 278-4449 or contact us online.

We Go Toe to Toe with Large Corporations

Large corporations and commercial entities often have deep pockets and large legal teams on their side. They routinely put profits before consumer safety and use evasive tactics to elude the blame and the subsequent liability for their actions. When this occurs, the consumer is often left feeling like there is no hope-no way to win against these Goliath industries.

Luckily, this is far from the truth. Through consumer class action litigation, consumers can band together to build a solid case against these large corporations. These types of lawsuits challenge even the toughest corporation and bring unwanted and often negative publicity to their company. Class action lawsuits allow consumers the chance to level the playing field and take on large corporations who harm consumers through their carelessness, negligence, and apathy. This, in turn, creates a safer tomorrow for other consumers.

Since we opened our doors, the consumer class action lawyers at Golomb Spirt Grunfeld have been going toe-to-toe with large corporations-and we have won time and time again. Our firm has the resources to tackle these complex and massive cases, and we have served as lead counsel and co-counsel in numerous cases vindicating the rights of consumers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and across the United States.

We've Had Success in Some of the Most Challenging Class Action Cases

Our class action lawyers have prevailed against large corporations and other entities including:

  • Auto manufacturers
  • Auto parts makers
  • Banks
  • Chemical manufacturers
  • Credit card companies
  • Insurance companies
  • Medical device manufacturers
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Product manufacturers
  • Trade schools

We have the resources, wisdom, and tenacity to fight these organizations as they attempt to limit the compensation you deserve through evasive tactics such as prolonged litigation. We have decades of experience helping consumers take on large corporations. Since 1998, our firm has served as counsel in numerous cases that have reached half-billion verdicts and settlements for individuals and class action clients.

Our Consumer Class Action Lawyers on Your Side

If you suffered harm due to deceptive financial practices, chemical exposure or a data breach, contact Golomb Spirt Grunfeld, P.C. for your free case consultation. Consumers who have suffered because of a company’s negligence or fraudulent behavior need an experienced and skilled consumer class action attorney on their side.

To learn more about your rights and legal options, call us at (215) 278-4449 or contact us online to request your free case evaluation!

Class Action FAQs

What is a class action lawsuit?

A class action allows one or more “lead” plaintiffs to file a lawsuit on behalf of a larger group, called a “class.” If the lead plaintiffs win the case, everyone in the affected class shares in the damages award. It is frequently used when a good number of people have been similarly affected by a company’s unlawful conduct.

What does it cost to bring a class action lawsuit?

Typically, it does not cost the individual bringing the class action any money to bring the lawsuit because class action lawsuits are brought by attorneys who work on a contingency basis, meaning they do not get paid unless they are successful. If the case is won, the attorneys takes their fees and reimbursement out of the final settlement.

What is a class period?

The class period is the time frame during which a company improperly conducts its business. For example, if a defective product that injured many people was made between January 2012 and December 2015, that would be the class period.

What type of cases can be brought as class actions?

There are several types of class action lawsuits that can be brought, including those that involve consumers, securities and antitrust, personal injury, product liability, and employment.

How much will I receive and how long will it take?

The amounts will always vary, but there are instances where thousands of dollars can be received in a single claim, to every person involved. However, don’t expect the settlement checks to come overnight. In can take anywhere from 6 months to a year or more to get paid for any kind of settlement, but this shouldn’t discourage you. Patience is key.

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