Class action lawsuits play a crucial role in the legal system, allowing groups of people to take action against companies or organizations. When a lawsuit on behalf of an individual may not be practical or effective, a class action involving larger groups can lead to highly beneficial outcomes. Successful class action cases can force major corporations to change their behavior and result in significant financial settlements.
The Hawaii class action attorneys at Davis Levin Livingston have a proven track record of successfully representing clients and obtaining favorable outcomes. They have won hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of their clients. Their passion lies in helping individuals who have been wronged or harmed by the negligent actions of businesses and organizations. Their services are available to clients in Honolulu and throughout the Hawaiian Islands.
Types of Class Action Cases
There are four primary types of class action lawsuits:
Product Liability/Personal Injury Class Actions: These lawsuits involve defective drugs or products. For example, if a medication causes harm to a large number of individuals or if a tool consistently injures its users, a class action may be appropriate. Personal injury class actions can also arise from accidents that affect many people, such as water contamination by a manufacturing company.
Employment Class Actions: Companies sometimes violate labor laws in a manner that impacts a significant number of employees. This can include issues like unpaid overtime, workplace discrimination, or failure to adhere to safety regulations.
Securities Class Actions: When multiple investors suffer due to deceptive or negligent behavior, such as misleading earnings statements or misrepresentation of investment risks, a securities class action lawsuit can help them recover damages. Deceptive actions between companies or partnerships can also be grounds for a class action.
Consumer Class Actions: If a company engages in misleading or illegal behavior towards a large group of consumers (e.g., over-billing or charging excessive fees), the affected consumers can bring a class action against the responsible company.
How Many People Are Required for a Class Action?
While a class action typically needs more than one injured person, it often involves just one primary plaintiff. Whether a single plaintiff is sufficient or if multiple plaintiffs are required is determined by the attorneys involved. As long as the attorney can reasonably expect a large number of people who have been similarly harmed, a class action can be pursued. Generally, a sizable group of individuals with similar issues is necessary for a viable case (around 40-50 people).
Benefits of Being the Representative in a Class Action
If you decide to file a class action lawsuit, you may be eligible for an incentive reward as the class representative. The amount of the reward depends on various factors, but class representatives often receive additional compensation beyond what the rest of the group receives.
If you believe that a class action lawsuit is the right course of action for you, it is essential to discuss your situation with an experienced Hawaii class action attorney. Reach out to Davis Levin Livingston today to receive reliable legal guidance for your case.
Focused on Delivering Results
Davis Levin Livingston has a strong commitment to representing classes and groups of individuals. Their extensive experience in class and group actions uniquely qualifies them to handle cases related to civil rights, employment, construction, and other consumer claims that require litigating on behalf of a large number of individuals with common grievances.
The firm’s partners have achieved national recognition in class action litigation, arguing cases before the United States Supreme Court and authoring articles and books featured in national class action publications.
Davis Levin Livingston’s dedication to achieving justice through class action cases extends to litigating cases at the forefront of nationwide social justice efforts.
Some recent settlements secured by the firm include:
- $3.2 million paid to nursing home residents who were sold recycled pills
- $2.26 million paid by Allstate Insurance for improperly setting insurance rates based on credit scores
- $1.2 million paid by State Farm Insurance for improperly setting insurance rates based on credit scores
- $1.8 million paid by Hilton Hotels for failing to disclose mold contamination to guests
The firm has also collaborated with a national team of lawyers in litigating cases for consumers and individuals in nationwide class actions. Their approach to class action litigation reflects their belief that each case requires the right combination of attorneys, experts, and resources to achieve a successful outcome.
Class Actions in the News
Stay informed about class action news and developments:
- Hilton settles tower mold suit
- Kapolei Dust Suit Settled for $2 million
- Class Action Benefits Consumers
- Innovative Class Action Technique – The Use of Rule 23(b)(2) in Consumer Class Actions
- Coordinated State Court Class Actions: The New Paradigm
- Home Lands Beneficiaries Win Right To Sue State
- Class Action Suit Seeks Damages for DHHL Delay
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