A class action lawsuit is a type of lawsuit where one of the parties (typically the plaintiff) is a group of people who are represented by a member of that group. This person is known as the “class representative”.
There are many advantages to a class action:
Sure. Any individual could theoretically bring a class action and be the class representative, also called the “lead plaintiff.” Practically speaking, the lead plaintiff is most often the first person who brings retains an attorney to file a class action complaint.
In order to qualify as a class, the “putative class” members must satisfy two key requirements: (1) Numerosity and (2) Commonality. Numerosity, simply put, means that there are too many individuals to join as plaintiffs in one lawsuit. A class could potential be as few as 20, but usually classes number in he hundreds, thousands or tens of thousands! Commonality means that all members must share a common question of law and fact, such that by resolving that common question of law and fact, the court will have effectively resolved all the claims.
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