Class action lawsuits serve several purposes. Most importantly, they provide a way for numerous people with the same complaint to bring a civil action against a person or entity who may have caused them injury. Class action cases are sometimes referred to as mass torts litigation or multi-district litigation. Tennessee victims of injuries may find relief through class actions that they may not have found otherwise.
Mass torts claims are common when numerous people have suffered from defective products, medical devices and drugs, various types of fraud, or a catastrophic accident such as a plane crash. Class actions are also useful for employment litigation, such as harassment. By consolidating numerous cases into one, the plaintiffs present a more solid case because they can combine evidence and other factors. Class actions also offer an opportunity for victims who have suffered minor injuries to hold the party deemed at fault accountable when they would otherwise have little incentive to seek compensation as a single plaintiff.
In some cases, a plaintiff has the option of joining a class action lawsuit, but sometimes, if a case achieves class status, anyone with a similar lawsuit pending will be included and must accept the outcome. The person named to represent the class throughout the course of litigation will be responsible for notifying potential class members that the case in underway. A class action may include thousands of members, removing those individual cases from the backlog of legal actions in courts across the country.
Since class action lawsuits require specific skills, those in Tennessee wishing to join or begin such an action would do well to meet with an attorney who has experience with these cases. An experienced attorney will understand the complexities of mass torts cases and work to protect the rights of the many plaintiffs. A successful class action can mean each plaintiff may receive some award even if it is not enough to cover all damages.