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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on May 25, 2015

They happen every once in a while, about as often as a jury summons. You receive a letter or email stating you might be eligible to be a part of a class-action lawsuit, and usually, the defendant named is a corporate entity that’s a household name (with very deep pockets). Before you start dreaming of leaving your day job, it’s important to know some facts about how class-action suits work, and how much (if anything) you can expect to receive.

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A class action is a lawsuit in which one or more plaintiffs sue on behalf of a much larger group of people. Class action lawsuits typically involve issues that are common to all members of the class and the number of people affected by the issue is so large that it’s not practical for all of them to appear before the court. In the event that the attorney(s) taking the case have reason to believe you’re one of the people affected, you receive a letter informing you of the suit.

If you receive one of these letters, the first thing you should do is read the front page of the notice to see if it really applies to you. Simply because you receive the notice does not mean you qualify to participate.. If you’re not eligible, then you don’t have to do anything. If you think that you may be eligible, it’s important to read the notice carefully.

In most cases, only two groups involved in the suit reap big rewards, the represented plaintiffs and the attorneys. The notification you received means that you’re a plaintiff not named in the suit or a “class member,” of which there could be thousands or even millions. If there’s a lot of money at stake, contact the attorneys who filed the lawsuit. If you’ve been seriously affected by the issue in dispute, talk to an attorney about your options, because participating in a class-action lawsuit affects your right to file an action on your own.