Consumer Protection & Class Actions
Lawmakers design consumer protection laws to ensure that fair competition and the free flow of truthful information exists in the marketplace. Consumer protection laws prevent businesses that engage in particular unfair practices or deception from gaining an unfair advantage over its competitors.
Consumers should contact the consumer protection lawyers of Howard Law if you have been the victim of fraud, unfair business practices, or other violations of your rights. We have been protecting individual consumers for years in these complex areas of the law.
The consumer protection lawyers of Howard Law also file class action lawsuits on behalf of consumers and fights hard to secure compensation on behalf of our clients and plaintiff groups who lack the resources to pursue a lawsuit on their own. Our attorneys participate in actions on behalf of a diverse class of clients, such as:
- Individuals and groups of people that have paid falsely inflated prices for products as a result of price-fixing agreements or as a result of anticompetitive conduct by large corporations
- Consumers that bought malfunctioning products
- Consumers that were harmed by unfair business practices
- Consumers that were taken in by false advertising
- Investors, in connection with the purchase or sale of securities, who have been victimized by the fraudulent conduct of corporations, limited partnerships and limited liability corporations
- Employees whose company has refused to pay its employees overtime
- Employees whose company has not allowed its employees to take adequate meal or rest breaks
A “class action” is when one or more individuals (“class representatives”) file a lawsuit on behalf of a larger group of individuals (“class”) who have comparable claims. The “class action” is considered the superior method of bringing a lawsuit against a corporation when you have numerous individuals who have suffered harm in a similar way because it combines the numerous claims of individuals into one action that is then brought before a single judge to seek a legal remedy for all members of the class.The Procedure of a Class Action
- Step one: Howard Law files a class action lawsuit on behalf of one or more named plaintiffs.
- Step two: Howard Law moves to certify the case as a class action. If the court agrees with our attorneys that all criteria are met for class certification, then the court allows the case to continue as a class action lawsuit.
- Step three: Howard law notifies all potential class members and gives the class members the option to “opt into the lawsuit” or “opt out of the lawsuit.” People who opt out of the class action lawsuit must take their chances in their own individual lawsuits. This also means that they do not benefit from the result of the class action litigation. Barring unusual circumstances, the remaining class members are typically bound by the judgment or settlement our attorneys obtain.
It is important to note that many class actions are resolved prior to trial once a court certifies it because the parties often negotiate a settlement and present it to the court for approval. Our attorneys will notify the class members of how to make a claim for relief if the court approves the settlement or if the case goes to trial and plaintiffs win a judgment.
After resolution of the case, Howard Law asks the court to order the defendant to pay fees and the costs of litigation so that our class members are not responsible. To learn how our consumer class action attorneys can help you, please contact us online or call 800.872.5925 for a free consultation.