Class Actions

A class action is a civil claim brought forward by one or more individuals who are part of a larger group of people referred to as “class members”, and who have been mutually wronged by a neglectful party or parties. The purpose of a class action is to resolve common, or even similar claims, through a single lawsuit rather than spreading the verdict, time and energy over multiple individual suits that could lead to inconsistent results.

The main goal of class proceedings is to provide access and opportunity for those who have been wronged to seek justice, but are not able to individually pursue legal actions, either because of a lack of available funds to do so or because of the risk-reward-ratio involved in a suit. Through a class action, these individuals are provided with the opportunity to seek legal resolution for the alleged damages they have experienced as a result of the negligence of another person or entity.

A class action’s outcome is important not only for the class members, but also for society at large. This type of lawsuit goes beyond the goal of justice for the class members, and can actually correct or alter damaging behaviour by individuals, corporations and institutions.

FAQ:

What do I have to do to join a CLASS ACTION?

You don’t have to do anything directly to join a CLASS ACTION. The nature of the suit and the requirements for class membership are defined by a court order, and if you fall within the definition which is approved by the court, you are automatically included, unless you choose to not be involved in the suit or decide to pursue legal action on your own.

There may be a need for you to provide certain information if the CLASS ACTION is resolved in your favour, in order for you to receive your portion of the settlement.

Do I need to pay any fees to join a CLASS ACTION?

There are generally no costs to our clients throughout the course of the suit’s litigation. We carry any associated costs throughout litigation. When the suit is resolved either through settlement or trial, our firm receives a fraction of the settlement to cover the costs we incurred during the process to reach resolution. This will be clearly explained by our lawyers during your initial consultation with us.

How can I protect myself and my rights during the CLASS ACTION process?

While the suit is in progress, it is in your best interests to keep records any and all information and correspondence for the suit. We also advise that you keep records and appropriate documents which indicate any additional costs you have incurred as a result of your injury.

We also suggest that you do not have any further correspondence with the defendant(s) in the suit without first consulting your legal representative.

Do I have a choice in whether I participate in the CLASS ACTION?

If the court decides that you fall within the definition of the alleged wronged parties who were affected by the negligence of a defendant(s), you are automatically considered to be in the CLASS ACTION. That said, you have the right to opt out of the CLASS ACTION if you choose to do so. There will be a limited period of time for you to opt out, and this will be indicated in the certification order sent out after the proceeding is officially certified by the court.

However, be aware that once you opt out, you are no longer entitled to be included in any settlement given to class members if the case is resolved.

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