The most common causes for class action lawsuits include:
▬ Product Defects – Vehicles, drugs, toys, exercise equipment, etc.
▬ Medical Malpractice – Surgeries, birth injuries, negligence counseling, etc.
▬ Defective Drugs – Contaminated medicines, prescription drugs, etc.
▬ Toxic/Oil Spills
The most common types of conduct that lead to class action lawsuits include:
▬ Corporate Misconduct
▬ Consumer Fraud
▬ Securities Fraud
▬ Employer Misconduct
Mass Tort Litigation
Another form of class action lawsuit is called “mass tort litigation” or “mass tort action”, and it is used when a massive accident injures a large group of people, such as a plane crash or building fire. It can also be used when a massive group of people are injured by the same product, such as a defective medical device or surgical implant.
When a group of injured victims become a part of a class action lawsuit, all aspects of litigation are consolidated into one lawsuit. This includes claims, attorneys, evidence, witnesses, and the total amount of losses and damages suffered by all victims. Class action lawsuits are important because when a product or action causes a large group of people injuries, it is too difficult (sometimes impossible) pursuing individual lawsuits. When this happens, the group of victims have to come together and file a lawsuit with a plaintiff representative, which is a professional who will represent all claims as one. These professionals are called named plaintiff or lead plaintiff.