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How to File a Class Action Lawsuit

Watch more How to Understand Legal Issues videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Find out how to file a class action lawsuit with these instructions. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Define complaint Define your complaint against the entity you intend to sue. In order to make an effective class action suit, the same legal harm must have been done to all participants in the suit. Tip Don't dismiss the validity of your complaint just because of a small expected individual return. Even if the harm caused was small, such as an overcharge on a retail item, the case may still be a good candidate for a class action lawsuit. Step 2: Define the proposed class Figure out if there are enough potential members of the proposed class. There isn't a defined number required, but it must be enough that each could not reasonably bring their cases to court individually. Step 3: Get a legal review Have a lawyer who specializes in class actions review the viability of your case. Tip Some organizations may offer free online legal reviews as a preliminary step. Before hiring a lawyer, be sure to ask what their fees are and how they will be paid if the suit goes forward. Step 4: Name representatives Name one or more people or companies as plaintiffs to represent the proposed class in the lawsuit. Step 5: Define settlement type Determine what type of settlement is appropriate for your case. Usually, the settlement is in the form of money, but it can be compensatory services, an injunction to cease an offending action, or a judgment about each party's rights and responsibilities. Step 6: File your suit File your class action in the appropriate state or federal court with the guidance of your lawyer or legal team. Congratulations, you've taken the first steps toward getting relief for your case. Did You Know? Julia Roberts won an Oscar for her portrayal of Erin Brockovich, a California paralegal who successfully initiated a class action lawsuit against a polluting electric company.
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