Fort Myers Class Action Consumer Litigation Lawyer
As a consumer, you have many rights—rights that protect you from dangerous products, rights that protect you from fraud, rights that protect you from unscrupulous and deceptive advertising, and many more. Throughout the past 60 or 70 years, it became increasingly clear that many businesses, debt collectors, individuals, and scammers were all using unfair practices that cheated consumers in some way or another. To counter this and to give protection to consumers, various laws were passed and governmental agencies created, such as the Consumer Product Safety Act, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, and the Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC). Attorneys work with agencies and use laws to procure compensation for parties harmed by the unlawful actions of businesses and other entities. A class action lawsuit, which compiles dozens, hundreds, or thousands of harmed plaintiffs together who have suffered at the hands of the same party, is just one way to secure compensation for damages. The Fort Myers class action consumer litigation lawyers of The Pendas Law Firm are here to help you with your case.
What is a Class Action Lawsuit?
A class action lawsuit is a lawsuit brought on by one or multiple parties, who are termed the class representatives. They represent a larger group, all of whom have been financially harmed by the same party. An example could be a company that mislabeled a product, marketed the product to the wrong user group, or sold a product that was defective.
The Benefits of Being Part of a Class Action Lawsuit
There are a few reasons why plaintiffs choose to group together in a class action, rather than go it alone as an individual. The benefits of class action suits include the following:
- Legal resources are pooled together, allowing more time, lawyers, and effort to be spent on the case than if each plaintiff filed individually;
- Legal costs are reduced;
- Efficiency is increased;
- Higher success rate of winning the case;
- No risk of inconsistent judgements; and
- The plaintiffs do not have to spend as much of their own time and energy on the suit.
Who Gets Sued?
The state of Florida has one of the highest numbers of federal class action lawsuit filings in its courts, and federal class actions increased by nine percent from 2017 to 2018, according to Reason.com. A large part of the increase is due to false or misleading labeling practices by food companies. Other types of cases we take on include, but are not limited to, the following:
- False advertising;
- Consumer fraud;
- Unfair debt collection
- Deceptive trade practices;
- Deceptive guarantees or warranties;
- Spam emails; and
- Identity theft.
All entities, from individuals to large corporations can be guilty of consumer fraud, deception, or unfair practices. However, core class action filings against S&P 500 Firms occurred at 9.4 percent in 2018, whereas fillings against U.S. companies of all sizes was at 4.5 percent for that same year, according to the Cornerstone Research Institute. As such, the largest U.S. companies are more likely to be sued than smaller companies. These largest of corporations have immense legal defense resources at their disposal, which is why a class action lawsuit is the most likely to succeed in court—by pooling resources together, plaintiffs have a better chance at winning their case.
Call a Fort Myers Class Action Consumer Litigator
Are you interested in joining a class action lawsuit? The Fort Myers class action consumer litigators of The Pendas Law Firm are here to help you recover your damages. Call 1-888-573-6327 to schedule a free consultation today.