Class Action Lawsuits

What Are the Benefits of a Class Action Lawsuit?

The traditional motto of the United States is E pluribus unum, Latin for "Out of many, one" — class action lawsuits are prime examples of individuals banding together for the singular goal of justice.

Class action lawsuits allow for many people who have the same injury or injustice in common to join together in one efficient case. Attorneys help identify the best plaintiff’s circumstance to use as a representative for the rest, and are able to advocate for many clients at once.

The benefits of class actions include efficiency, lower risk, and higher reward. Class action suits save enormous amounts of time for individuals. They also provide the best possible results for the largest number of plaintiffs by using the strongest case to take to court. There is a lower cost for litigation because the work is divided among so many plaintiffs, and there’s also a higher likelihood of financial recovery for all involved.

The attorneys at Pittman, Dutton, Hellums, Bradley & Mann have decades of experience in advocating for personal injury clients, including a $23 million dollar class action award against an insurance company. If you need to start or join a class action suit, reach out to us online or by calling (205) 322-8880 for a free, confidential consultation. For more information on what class action suits provide and how they work, read on.

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What Kind of Compensation Can a Class Action Lawsuit Provide?

Class action lawsuit settlement funds and rewards may cover:

  • Refunds for money stolen or mishandled
  • Medical bill payment in cases of physical injury
  • Compensation for pain, suffering, or time spent dealing with the incident
  • Vouchers for future products or services
  • Non-monetary remedies like disclosure (admitting to what happened) or reform (promising to never do it again)
  • Attorneys’ fees coverage for the cost associated with preparing and pursuing the case

Among the exemplary case results achieved by Pittman, Dutton, Hellums, Bradley & Mann is a class action award of $23 million dollars. The case involved Physicians Mutual Insurance Company’s failure to pay for the benefits purchased by their customers. Those defrauded customers became our class of clients throughout the states of Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas. Such large payouts are shared amongst all who signed up for the class action suit.

Pittman, Dutton, Hellums, Bradley & Mann has successfully handled nationwide multi-million dollar class action cases. Join us to claim your fair share of the rewards you deserve.

What Is a Class Action Lawsuit?

A class action lawsuit is a legal filing that allows one case to represent a larger group, or “class.” A class is composed of those with a mutual interest or shared injury/injustice. These cases would likely be unmanageable or even impossible to settle one by one through our complex court systems.

By joining similar cases together, class action lawsuits bring the largest number of plaintiffs the highest possible reward. While your individual case may not be strong enough to pursue alone (insufficient or unclear evidence, for example), by joining a class action lawsuit, you become part of the strongest case in the bunch. That person is known as the “lead plaintiff.”

The lawsuit is developed based on the circumstances of the lead plaintiff (or named plaintiff or class representative)—their reward is your reward too. You may be able to access that compensation via the simple act of signing your name to an agreement. No cost, no consultation, and no risk involved on your part.

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What Types of Cases Become Class Action Suits?

Many class action lawsuits are filed against large corporations that have nearly endless amounts of money to frustrate legal pursuits from individuals. The numbers are on our side in class action cases, signaling to companies and their corporate lawyers that there are too many plaintiffs to dismiss—it’s time to pay up.

Examples of class action lawsuit cases include:

  • Patients who were given or implanted with defective medical products (drugs like birth control pills or devices like artificial hips)
  • Customers who were underserved, overcharged, defrauded, or provided faulty goods, including identity theft and data breach issues
  • Workers who were underpaid in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (wage theft)
  • Residents of an area that was poisoned or damaged by toxic exposure or a preventable fire
  • Members of a minority that is being discriminated against in business, housing, medicine, or government protections

Depending on the issue, your case may hinge on negligence, theft, or dishonesty. It may involve discrimination laws, breach of contract, illegal business practices, or other legal issues. Whatever the circumstances, your lawyer from Pittman, Dutton, Hellums, Bradley & Mann will prepare the evidence needed to negotiate a fair settlement or pursue damage awards via trial.

The “class” in a class action suit may be comprised of patients, customers, workers, residents, or members of a minority—anyone part of the affected group may join.

How Do You Start a Class Action Lawsuit? Or Join One?

Once they’re begun, class action suits can snowball, gaining plaintiffs and momentum as the word gets out. But how do you begin a class action lawsuit?

How to Start a Class Action Lawsuit

When it comes to how to file a class action lawsuit, that’s a job for your attorney. Your action is simple: contact a lawyer with class action experience as soon as possible.

It’s often attorneys who recognize the class action potential of a case. An attorney may obtain clients for a case after a far-reaching disaster (large fires, building collapses, or product recalls). A lawyer may also recognize that behind one client, there may be many more who have the same issue (sexual assault or harassment cases, a defective medical device or negligent doctor, or insurance fraud).

You may not know for sure if your individual issue is a problem affecting dozens, hundreds, or thousands of other people. By reaching out today, you could start the investigation that saves your neighbors money, hardship, or even saves their lives.

If you suspect you have a class action lawsuit on your hands, contact Pittman, Dutton, Hellums, Bradley & Mann for a secure, professional consultation.

How to Join a Class Action Lawsuit

If a class action lawsuit is already proposed or in progress, joining can be as easy as signing an online petition. Such is the case for product recalls—if you affirm that you bought the product, sometimes even without receipts, you may be in. For more complex cases, like recalls for cancer-causing products, you may need to call an attorney to verify your diagnosis and eligibility.

It doesn’t hurt to ask, and it may lead to enormous benefits for you and/or your community. Call Pittman, Dutton, Hellums, Bradley & Mann at (205) 322-8880 for information and eligibility requirements for ongoing class action suits.

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Contact an Experienced Class Action Attorney

Class action cases can be greatly beneficial to plaintiffs who sign on, making a legal case accessible for far more individuals, and increasing the award potential for all. More than a win-win, it’s an exponential win that covers every party involved.

Pittman, Dutton, Hellums, Bradley & Mann is headquartered in Alabama, and regularly handles nationwide cases in personal injury, auto accident, medical and pharmaceutical litigation, consumer protection, and bad faith claims. These cases range from individual injuries to multiple-client class action suits. Our track record of success contains record-setting wins, including a multi-million dollar class action verdict.

We believe in personal attention, and always prioritize our clients’ best interests in every case we pursue. When you join one of our class action lawsuits, you’ll feel that personal attention no matter how many others share in it. Contact or call us today at (205) 322-8880 for your one-on-one consultation—we never lose sight of the individual while we fight for the greater good.

Class Action Lawsuits FAQs

What are famous examples of class action cases?

Class action lawsuits can lead to massive, far-reaching results for the people involved. Some major class action cases of note include:

  • Brown v. Board of Education: In this landmark class action case, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that “separate but equal” was unconstitutional, which ended racial school segregation nationwide.
  • Groundwater Contamination by Pacific Gas & Electric: Made famous as the Erin Brockovich case, a class action lawsuit with over 600 plaintiffs resulted in a $333 million arbitration for those who alleged injury from drinking water contaminated with cancer-causing chemicals.
  • Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: After the deadly explosion of an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, a class action decision created two settlement funds (one for economic damages, and one for medical claims) out of the billions owed by BP oil and gas. The suit covered 100,000 claims by property owners, fishermen, and other individuals impacted by the lengthy and catastrophic disaster.
How is money divided in a class action settlement or reward?

The division of funds varies case-to-case depending on the type of damages (property or health) and the amount of plaintiffs. The attorneys will take a percentage to cover their costs and legal fees, those with greater injuries may get a higher portion of the payout, and funds may be set up to disperse the money over a set period of time (rather than in one lump sum).

What are the advantages of joining a class action lawsuit?

Class action lawsuits have a higher probability of success for most class members, because your attorney selects the strongest case to represent the rest. That means for everyone else who’s signed on, they’ve upgraded to the case with the best chance of securing the highest possible reward.

How long do I have to file a class action lawsuit?

The deadline to file a class action lawsuit (aka a statute of limitations) depends on the type of claim and where it’s located. For example, a suit involving contractual obligations may have a different deadline than a medical malpractice case. The same case may also have different restrictions depending on which state the suit is filed in.

It’s important to get the ball rolling on your case as soon as possible, or you may miss your window for justice. Likewise, if you’re planning to sign on to a class action lawsuit, you must join within the deadlines established or you’ll lose out on your compensation. Be proactive—reach out to Pittman, Dutton, Hellums, Bradley & Mann today at (205) 322-8880. Timing is crucial to claim your rightful spot in a class action lawsuit.

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