Up next in How to Understand Legal Issues (19 videos)
Stay on the right side of the law, and learn how to navigate the legal system, with these videos.
You Will Need
- Class members
- Representatives of the class
- Legal review
- Settlement type
- State or federal court
- Knowledge of legal fees (optional)
Define your complaint against the entity you intend to sue. In order to make an effective class action suit, the same legal harm must have been done to all participants in the suit.
Define the proposed class
Figure out if there are enough potential members of the proposed class. There isn't a defined number required, but it must be enough that each could not reasonably bring their cases to court individually.
Get a legal review
Have a lawyer who specializes in class actions review the viability of your case.
Name one or more people or companies as plaintiffs to represent the proposed class in the lawsuit.
Define settlement type
Determine what type of settlement is appropriate for your case. Usually, the settlement is in the form of money, but it can be compensatory services, an injunction to cease an offending action, or a judgment about each party's rights and responsibilities.
File your suit
File your class action in the appropriate state or federal court with the guidance of your lawyer or legal team. Congratulations, you've taken the first steps toward getting relief for your case.