Should You Pursue A Class Action To Right Wrongs Affecting Many?
Individuals and entire groups of people often suffer illegal – though not criminal – discrimination in the workplace, ill effects of defective medications and countless other injustices in daily life.
In many cases, one person or just a few affected people will be unable to afford the costs of taking appropriate legal actions, such as funding a necessary investigation to bring a compelling case to court. When numerous fellow employees, consumers or others in a common category suffer the same or similar injustices, a class action lawsuit may be the answer.
At Whitten Burrage in Oklahoma City, our litigators have established a strong reputation for the firm partly through victories in complex litigation cases. Many of these cases have been class actions on behalf of entire groups of people, such as members of Native American tribes.
Who Can Start A Class Action?
The “class” in a class action is a group of people in similar circumstances who share similar ill effects from an injustice. According to Oklahoma law, a class action may be initiated by one or more members as representatives of a class if:
- The class is so numerous that it is impracticable for all to file a lawsuit
- Questions of law or fact, as well as claims or defenses, are similar or common for everyone in the class
- The representative parties can fairly and adequately protect the interests of the class.
When our attorneys evaluate the harm done to someone by an employer or another large organization, we may recommend that the person initiate or join a class action. Whitten Burrage holds the largest class action jury verdict in State history, which was a $130 million verdict.
Our class action attorneys also advise lawyers from other firms who are preparing to bring a class action for a wronged group of people.
Discuss A Potential Class Action With An Experienced Attorney
We welcome the opportunity to advise individuals, groups of people or other attorneys who are interested in creating, joining or helping clients join class actions to bring about justice.