If you believe that you have the rights to pursue or join in a class action, it is important that you reach out to a team of experienced attorneys to manage your case. At Anastopoulo Law Firm we urge you to reach out to our South Carolina class action attorneys today. Our experienced legal professionals can advise you on the best course of action and help you join in a class action so you can work to recover the compensation necessary for healing.
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Understanding Class Action Law
A class action lawsuit is a judicial tool used to consolidate a large number of similar claims brought by separate individuals who share similar factual/and or legal issues. As a judicial tool, class action lawsuits are used as a means to more effectively manage and resolve similar legal issues caused by the same defendant(s). Class actions are capable of doing so because they eliminate the needless repetition of prosecuting individual cases for similar injuries resulting from the same acts of the liable party.
The first step in successfully bringing a class action is the certification of a class. South Carolina Rule Code 23 defines the circumstances required for class certification. Under Rule 23 governing class certifications in South Carolina, one or more members of a class can sue as a representative party on behalf of everyone.
However, this may succeed only if:
- The class is so large that joinder is impractical
- There are similar facts among all members
- The representative’s claim is similar to everyone else in the class
- The representative will protect the interests of the class as a whole
Class certification prevents a class action from being dismissed or otherwise compromised with prejudice against the class members, absent explicit court approval and notification to each member. Once your class has been properly certified by a court, proper notice must be given to the defendant. At this stage, the counsel for the class has the responsibility for ensuring and protecting the rights of all class members who are absent either because of lack of notice or because their existence is unknown at the time of certification.
Contact Anastopoulo Law Firm for Class Action Representation
Class actions can be difficult, protracted legal battles that can take years to resolve. For help with your case, seek legal representation from the South Carolina class action attorneys at Anastopoulo Law Firm.
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