What is a class action?

Posted on: July 1st, 2010 by Steve Larson

A class action is a lawsuit where one or more persons can file a lawsuit and ask the court to allow that person or persons to represent everyone that has the same type of claim.  The US Congress and Oregon state legislative assembly have passed laws allowing class actions, because the trial of a multitude of almost identical claims in a single class action is the best way to handle those claims.  It saves time, effort, expense, and promotes uniform results.  It is often also the only way that scores of people with small claims can obtain a remedy for their damages, because their individual damages are not large enough to justify hiring a lawyer.   Class actions are the best tool available in any justice system for the little guy to have a chance against the large corporation that is engaging in unlawful behavior.