Waterbury Class Action Lawyers
Do you think that you were recently harmed in some way by another entity that could similarly hurt other people? You could be able to file a class action lawsuit. In most cases, class action litigation centers on some kind of product available to a significant number of consumers. Whether a case involves a prescription drug or a defective product, the first step in any class action lawsuit is certification of a class by a court.
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers handles class action lawsuits for clients in Waterbury and several other nearby communities in Connecticut. Our firm understands how to navigate class action litigation successfully.
We can help you better understand the legal options available to you. Our Waterbury class action lawyers can provide a complete evaluation of your case when you call (203) 437-6190 to set up a free consultation.
Do I Need A Class Action Lawyer?
You will likely need an attorney to ensure that your class action is properly filed. A lawyer will have a full understanding of specific rules of procedure that may apply to your case. An attorney will also be able to assist you by conducting an independent investigation to collect essential forms of evidence for your case. The lawyer can also negotiate with any insurance company representing a liable party.
The general purpose of a class action lawsuit is to allow a large group of plaintiffs to recover compensation in a single action rather than numerous individual lawsuits. In many cases, the amount of personal financial harm may be minimal in a single case but far more substantial when it applies to multiple people.
Awards in class action lawsuits typically need to be divided among all of the plaintiffs, and Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can get a class certified. Our firm will negotiate a settlement that provides adequately for all plaintiffs, or we can file a lawsuit if an insurance company fails to provide an acceptable offer.
Why Choose Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers To Handle My Case?
Jonathan Perkins has more than three decades of legal experience and has been named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100. The attorneys of Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers have over 140 years of combined legal experience.
Mr. Perkins is admitted to the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit as well as state courts in Connecticut and New York. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Connecticut Bar Association, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, and New York Bar Association.
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers received the Trial Lawyers Board of Regents Litigator Award in 2015. Our attorneys can meet personally with you in your hospital room or home if you cannot visit our office.
Our firm will vigorously pursue justice. Call (203) 437-6190 to schedule your own no cost, no obligation consultation.
Types of Class Action Cases We Handle
Virtually any kind of harm that can potentially impact a group of people can be the basis for a class action lawsuit. Examples of some of the most frequent class action claims include, but are not limited to:
- Civil rights violations
- Dangerous drugs
- Consumer privacy
- Environmental claims
- Securities fraud
- Employment issues
- Defective products
- Consumer fraud
The rules governing your class action lawsuit depend on the court you are filing your case in. The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure govern class actions filed in federal courts, and Connecticut Practice Book § 9-8 governs the types of class actions that are maintainable in state courts.
Under Connecticut Practice Book § 9-7, 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.
Connecticut Practice Book § 9-8 establishes that 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 certification is the immediate challenge of any class action lawsuit, and an attorney will know how to satisfy court requirements.
Class Action Statistics
Companies spent $2.24 billion on class action lawsuits in 2017, according to the 2018 Carlton Fields Class Action Survey. The survey, in which participants’ companies operated in more than 25 industries such as banking, consumer goods, energy, insurance, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and retail trade, also found that the number of companies facing class actions increased to 59 percent in 2017 from 53.8 percent in 2016. The average number of class actions per company increased to 6.3 in 2017 from 5.9 in 2016.
The survey also found that class action settlement rates increased to 70.8 percent from 62.5 percent. The number of companies using class action waivers in arbitration clauses increased to 37.2 percent in 2017 from 30.2 percent in 2016.
The survey stated labor and employment issues accounted for the highest percentages of any practice area, 24.7 percent of class action matters and 21.6 percent of class action spending. The 18.2 percent of class action matters and 18.9 percent of class action spending associated with consumer fraud were the second-highest totals.
Contact a Waterbury Class Action Attorney Today
If you believe another entity harmed you in a way that might similarly harm other people in Connecticut, you could have grounds for a class action lawsuit. Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can help you with every aspect of your case.
Our firm files class action lawsuits in both state and federal courts. You can have our lawyers review your case and answer all of your legal questions when you call (203) 437-6190 or contact us online to receive a free consultation.