A class action is a lawsuit in which a large number of people who have been injured in the same way join together in a group (called “the class”) to sue the responsible company or organization. Typical class action cases involve a product defect that has caused injury or financial loss to purchasers, the wrongful overcharge for a product or service, or discrimination against a defined group of people by a corporation. Class actions provide a useful mechanism for prosecuting the claims of many people whose injuries when added together are significant, but which individually would not be large enough to justify the expense of bringing separate lawsuits.
Examples of class actions include:
The lawyers at Feldman Shepherd have obtained substantial verdicts and settlements in class action litigation in both state and federal courts, including a $6 million verdict against Kia Motors for a defective braking system, affirmed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and ultimately involving payment by Kia of more than $10 million to class members. In another widely reported case, $3.5 million was recovered for a class of mental health patients who had been treated by an unlicensed doctor. Our attorneys have also pursued successful class actions for healthcare fraud, for claims by tenants of apartment complexes arising from unfair utility expenses, and for an action against Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) for exposing customers to mercury spills during the removal of gas regulators.
As a result of successfully handling a variety of class action matters, our class action team has developed the knowledge and experience necessary to achieve top results for class members. If you feel that you and other individuals are the victims of a consumer fraud, defective product, unfair wage compensation, or other wrongful conduct, you may be entitled to file a class action lawsuit. Although each class action case is unique, you’ll find our attorneys ready and able to take on meritorious claims and obtain the best recovery possible for our clients.