Can I File a Class Action Lawsuit?
Class Action Lawyers Defending Consumer Rights and Personal Injury Victims Nationwide
Class action lawsuits can be challenging. Victims are typically going up against large corporations with unlimited resources. Filing a class action claim in itself tends to be procedural and complex. Having a lawyer guide you through the class action litigation process may greatly increase chances of reaching a fair settlement. This then holds corporations accountable for their fraudulent behavior.
Our consumer protection lawyers have offices in Florida, New Orleans as well as Washington DC. They use their knowledge and experience to develop the best litigation strategies, to identify potential plaintiffs as well as to seek class action certification for nationwide clients and claims. Consequently, we work diligently to address everyone’s interests and to seek compensation packages that are fair for every class member.
If you are dealing with the unfortunate aftermath of a defective product, data breach, unfair business practice or disaster, the class action attorneys of Colson Hicks Eidson may be able to assist you.
Class Action Lawyers with a History of Successful Lawsuits and Litigation
Our class action attorneys have successfully represented clients in hundreds of class actions throughout the country at both the federal and state level. Currently, our class action law firm serves on the national plaintiff’s steering committee for litigation surrounding the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill and the high-sulfur Chinese drywall linked to odor and metal corrosion in new home construction. In addition, we serve on the nine-member personal injury/wrongful death leadership committee in the multidistrict litigation against Toyota Motor Corp over sudden unintended acceleration.
Examples of Successful Class Action Lawsuits with Our Law Firm
We know what it takes to help clients join an ongoing class action. We are leaders in starting class action lawsuits, including:
BP Gulf Oil Spill: Class action lawyer Ervin A. Gonzalez was appointed to serve on the Plaintiff Steering Committee (PSC) in the multidistrict litigation surrounding the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill. In March 2012, the PSC secured a monumental settlement for hundreds of thousands of victims of the 2010 oil spill. Under the terms of the settlement, BP must satisfy fully all eligible business and individual claims. There is no cap on the amount BP will pay. The value of the settlement has been estimated at $7.8 billion.
Defective Chinese Drywall: A member of the Plaintiff Steering Committee, partner Ervin A. Gonzalez has been instrumental in securing multiple settlements on behalf of hundreds of homeowners with homes affected by tainted Chinese drywall. This includes:
- $800 million to $1 billion settlement with Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin, a major manufacturer of defective drywall imported from China
- $55 million Florida class action settlement with Banner Supply Company, a Miami-based firm that supplied the vast majority of Chinese drywall in Florida
- $80 million class action settlement with insurance companies for many of the builders and installers of the toxic material
Premium Sales, Largest Mass Fraud Case in South Florida: Our class action law firm served as co-lead trial counsel on behalf of defrauded investors in the class action Premium Sales lawsuit. This was the largest mass-fraud case in South Florida history. The case settled after the start of trial for $170 million.
Ford Firestone/Ford Rollovers: Class action and defective auto attorney Lewis S. “Mike” Eidson served as co-lead counsel in the Ford/Firestone multidistrict litigation involving tire tread separations and rollovers of Ford Explorers. To date, our Florida class action attorney has handled more than 40 accident cases involving Firestone tires for more than 200 claimants.
Menorah Gardens Cemeteries/Service Corporation International: Class action attorney Ervin A. Gonzalez led the firm’s class action litigation team to achieve a $100 million settlement against Menorah Gardens Cemeteries and its parent company Service Corporation International, the nation’s largest funeral home operator. The 15,000 member class action case and individual cases settled on behalf of families whose loved ones allegedly had graves desecrated or had been buried in the wrong cemetery plots. In addition, the defendants agreed to provide in-kind services with a value in excess of $10 million as part of the settlement.
Do you feel you might have a class action case and you do not know where to begin? Speak with our class action lawyers today for a free consultation.
What is a Class Action Lawsuit?
Class actions are lawsuits where one or several plaintiffs represent a larger group who suffer similar damages against a shared responsible party. This party is known as a “class” of people. Thus, the number of claims involving common damages makes combining them into a class action helpful for many reasons. It saves the court time and it saves class members money for pursing individual lawsuits. Additionally, it helps prevent inconsistent rulings for the claims involved.
Many class actions begin with claims filed by a few people who suffered similar damages because of fraud, unfair practices, improper conduct or injuries caused by defective and faulty products.
A class action is often the only way the class action members, even those with serious personal injuries, may have the ability to remedy injustices made by multimillion-dollar corporations. This power in numbers provided by class action lawsuits gives a voice to speak up against powerful companies. Many of these companies may have a history of wrongdoing.
Important Differences for Multidistrict Litigation vs. Class Action Lawsuits
While multidistrict litigation (MDL) and class action lawsuits have some similarities, they are not the same:
- A class action lawsuit is a single lawsuit filed by a large number of people who suffered comparable damages. Therefore, it is easier to divide a class action settlement among class members.
- Multidistrict litigation involves a large number of lawsuits, as opposed to just one. Multidistrict litigation cases may deal with a common defendant. However, the degree and type of damage involved often varies from claim to claim. This makes it necessary for the court system to address these issues on a case-by-case basis. As a result, each plaintiff receives different compensation amounts according to the extent of their damages. Thus, MDL serves to speed up the pre-trial process by pooling together information and evidence from similar cases. Furthermore, multidistrict litigation often handles damages caused by pharmaceutical errors and defective medical devices.
Do not hesitate to speak with our class action lawyers and multidistrict litigation attorneys for a free consultation. You can then learn which lawsuit approach best suits your claim to gain the maximum compensation available.
I Need a Class Action Lawyer – Call Our Personal Injury Firm Today
The distinguished class action attorneys of Colson Hicks Eidson commit to asserting your consumer and personal injury legal rights. Speak with our class action lawyers today during a free consultation. We have offices in Coral Gables FL, in Washington DC as well as New Orleans. Talk to an attorney about how to file a class action with no obligation to file today.