It is possible for a single issue to affect numerous people in Tennessee and across the country. For example, if consumers receive a defective product that results in harm during or after use, it is possible for many individuals to be affected by that problem. Rather than each person filing a lawsuit independently, some issues could warrant class action lawsuits.
These lawsuits allow for affected parties, known as the class, to move forward with one case rather than having to each file his or her own lawsuit. Often, these cases have lead plaintiffs who will handle the majority of the court proceedings, and others who are affected can opt to be included in the class. This type of lawsuit could better ensure that all parties who suffered similar damages are treated in a consistent manner.
This type of lawsuit could be beneficial for individuals who would otherwise not be able to move forward with a claim because they cannot afford legal fees. However, it does mean that members of the class will have to accept that they have no control over the case and that control remains with the lead plaintiffs and their legal counsel. It also means that even if the class action suit does not have the desired result for a particular member of the class, that person cannot file suit independently.
Understanding the pros and cons of class action lawsuits is important. These cases can affect people in different ways, but often, they help negatively affected parties receive some type of compensation for harm they have suffered. If Tennessee residents believe that they may have reason to move forward with this type of legal action, they may want to discuss their options with knowledgeable attorneys.