New Haven Class Action Lawyers
Have you been hurt by a product? You may not be alone.
If you believe that you have been harmed in a way by some entity that could have similarly harmed, you may have grounds for a class action lawsuit. Class action litigation attempts to resolve issues that affect many people besides the named plaintiffs. Class actions may be brought for numerous consumer products, ranging from financial services to defective products to dangerous drugs. To pursue a class action lawsuit, you will need to have your class certified by a court.
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers has experience handling class action litigation and can take all the necessary steps to help you succeed in your claim. Our firm understands the complexity of the issues that are at the center of most class actions. Make sure that you are working with skilled and knowledgeable legal counsel. Call 1-800-PERKINS or (203) 397-1283 if you live outside Connecticut to have our New Haven class action attorneys review your case and discuss all of your legal options during a free consultation.
Do I Need A Class Action Lawyer?
Connecticut has specific rules of procedure that apply to class action cases, and most people will have little to no understanding of how to navigate these requirements. The most straightforward reason to hire an attorney is to have necessary guidance on how to properly file a claim. Another critical reason to have legal representation is that your lawyer will conduct an independent investigation of your claim. By doing this, you will usually be able to obtain necessary evidence and help prove another party’s liability.
A class action lawsuit is designed to be beneficial for all plaintiffs in a specific class because resolving the related claims in a single action prevents these people from having to pay to resolve claims individually. Most class action awards are large amounts that then must be divided among all the plaintiffs.
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers will know how to help you get your class certified. Our firm can negotiate a full and fair settlement, and we will file a lawsuit when an insurance company refuses to provide adequate compensation.
Why Choose Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers To Handle My Case?
Jonathan Perkins has over 30 years of legal experience and has been named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100. Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers was awarded the Trial Lawyers Board of Regents Litigator Award in 2015.
Our firm is committed to helping injury victims recover all of the compensation they are entitled to. We understand the tremendous challenges involved in pursuing class action claims but are prepared to deal with the circumstances that can arise if we can help you get justice.
The attorneys of Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers have more than 140 years of combined legal experience. We know how to respond to every insurer’s attempt to delay and drag out these types of court proceedings. Our firm will gladly meet with you in your home or hospital room if you cannot visit our office. Schedule your own no cost, no obligation consultation when you call 1-800-PERKINS or (203) 397-1283 if you live outside Connecticut.
Types of Class Action Cases We Handle
Class action lawsuits can be filed for any harm that can potentially affect a large group of people. Some of the most common kinds of class action claims include, but are not limited to:
- Consumer fraud
- Defective products
- Employment issues
- Securities fraud
- Environmental claims
- Consumer privacy
- Dangerous drugs
- Civil rights violations
In federal courts, class actions are governed by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. In state courts in Connecticut, Connecticut Practice Book § 9-8 governs the types of class actions that are maintainable.
Connecticut Practice Book § 9-7 establishes that one or more members of a class can sue or be sued as representative parties on behalf of all only when:
- the class is so numerous that joinder of all members is impracticable;
- there are questions of law or fact common to the class;
- the claims or defenses of the representative parties are typical of the claims or defenses of the class; and
- the representative parties will fairly and adequately protect the interests of the class.
Under Connecticut Practice Book § 9-8, an action can be maintained as a class action if the prerequisites listed above are satisfied and the prosecution of separate actions would create a risk of inconsistent or varying adjudications with respect to individual members of the class, the party opposing the class has acted or refused to act on grounds generally applicable to the class, or the court finds that the questions of law or fact common to the members of the class predominate over any questions affecting only individual members and a class action is superior to other available methods for the fair and efficient adjudication of the controversy.
Class Action Statistics
According to the 2018 Carlton Fields Class Action Survey, in which participants’ companies operated in more than 25 industries such as banking, consumer goods, energy, insurance, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and retail trade, companies spent $2.24 billion on class action lawsuits in 2017, and the number of companies facing class actions increased from 53.8 percent in 2016 to 59 percent in 2017. The average number of class actions per company also increased, from 5.9 in 2016 to 6.3 in 2017.
Class action settlement rates also increased during this period, going from 62.5 to 70.8 percent, according to the survey. The survey also reported an increase in the number of companies using class action waivers in arbitration clauses, with the 30.2 percent in 2016 increasing to 37.2 percent in 2017.
According to the survey, labor and employment issues accounted for 24.7 percent of class action matters and 21.6 percent of class action spending, but the highest percentages of any practice area. Consumer fraud had the second-highest totals with 18.2 percent of class action matters and 18.9 percent of class action spending.
Product liability had the third-highest class action matters with 14.9 percent, and antitrust accounted for third-highest class action spending with 13.5 percent. Matters classified as other accounted for 15.6 percent of class action matters and 19.1 percent of class action spending.
The survey reported that 39.5 percent of companies in 2017 had a portion of their class action defense costs covered by insurance. This was an increase from the 27.7 percent in 2016.
Contact a New Haven Class Action Attorney Today
Do you think that you were hurt in a manner that could similarly harm other people in Connecticut? You will want to talk to Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers about possibly filing a class action lawsuit.
Our firm handles class action litigation in both state and federal courts. Call 1-800-PERKINS or (203) 397-1283 if you live outside Connecticut, or contact us online to have our lawyers provide a complete evaluation of your case during a free consultation.