Litigation ENewsletter June 16 2011

Class Actions
Many of the most-lucrative and well-publicized court decisions arise from class action lawsuits. A class action involves a representative plaintiff or group of plaintiffs (called the class representatives) pursuing a legal action on their own behalf as well as on behalf of other similarly situated parties (the class members). The claims asserted must arise from facts or law common to the class members. In most cases, the class is a group of plaintiffs, but occasionally a class action can be filed against multiple defendants, creating a defendant class action. Because so many different individual parties and rights are involved, class actions require many legal protections and special procedures.