Des Moines Class Action Lawyers
The attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. have obtained class actions certifications in a variety of cases and have acted as lead counsel in a number of class action lawsuits in both the state and federal courts of Iowa. A class action lawsuit is one in which a group of people with the same or similar injuries or financial losses caused by the same product or action sue the wrongdoer as a group. Class actions also promote judicial economy by resolving the claims of multiple plaintiffs together, rather than through individual lawsuits. For example, in the business world, what appears to be a billing glitch could actually be an intentional and wrongful attempt to gain a windfall for a large corporation. Class actions were created to allow individual plaintiffs to join together and bring claims as a group that, because of the amount of their individual loss, they could not feasibly bring on their own.
Such lawsuits have been instrumental in combating corporations and fraudulent enterprises that have deliberately taken economic advantage of people. At LaMarca Law Group, P.C., our Des Moines class action attorney team helps victims receive compensation and punishes unscrupulous corporations. We are dedicated to using legal action to make the world a safer and more just place for everyone. Call us at (515) 225-2600.
Class Action Lawsuits Explained
Understanding the full impact of corporate wrongdoing and the resulting need for class action attorney services can be easier with a few examples. For instance, assume that a cellular phone carrier, without notifying its customers, always rounds minutes upwards (i.e. one minute and one second of usage automatically becomes two minutes). When spread out among hundreds of thousands of users, this seemingly minor billing error could net the company millions of dollars annually.
Another example is an internet service provider that advertises and accepts so many members that it is impossible for it to actually provide the services advertised. Instead of getting internet access, the users get days of busy signals with no way out of their extended service contracts. Again, what simply appears to be an overly successful advertising campaign is actually a calculated attempt to secure a windfall, allowing a corporation to build its infrastructure to the detriment of its customers.
Obviously it would not be economically feasible for a single consumer to bring a claim in these examples. But as a class, consumers are able to obtain compensation. These class action suits often involve complicated questions and issues pertaining to the law and the facts, and they can be very difficult to manage successfully.
Class action certification, the process through which a court permits a group of plaintiffs to join their claims in one suit, is not a simple process. Our Des Moines class action lawyers can help smooth the process and bring the case to a successful conclusion. Any company facing a class action suit will have a strong attorney team, so it is crucially important for the victims to secure counsel with the knowledge, resources and vision to be successful.
Other names for lawsuits brought by a number of people who suffered similar harm or losses are “mass tort litigation” and “multi-district litigation” (MDL). Whatever the name, the legal issues remain much the same as in class action lawsuits.
Grounds for Class Action Lawsuits
As with all types of lawsuits, class action cases arise for all sorts of reasons. People often seek justice in class action lawsuits when they have suffered personal injuries caused by defective products, including pharmaceutical drugs, motor vehicles and other consumer products, and medical devices. Other types of conduct over which people have sued as a class include consumer fraud, corporate misconduct, securities fraud, and employment practices.
Another type of class action lawsuit is the mass tort action. Mass tort litigation is a multi-party lawsuit based on a massive accident, such as an airplane crash or explosion, in which many people are injured or widespread personal injuries are caused by a defective product, as can often be the case with popular but faulty medical devices.
If you believe that you or a group of persons have been treated unfairly, overcharged, wrongly billed, or otherwise shortchanged by a corporation, you should seek legal counsel from a class action attorney with a strong track record of success. You should also consider a seeking legal recourse if you have been injured by a consumer product and you think that there may be others in your situation who would benefit from a class action. The Des Moines class action lawsuit attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. have obtained class action certifications in a variety of cases and have acted as counsel in a number of class action lawsuits. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.
Class Action Law
Class action litigation is a highly complex area of the law and requires knowledge not only of unique procedural rules applicable to these actions, but also of the substantive law involved in the particular claims presented. Three comprehensive pieces of litigation have significantly impacted class action practice and claims as they exist today. Congress has enacted the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act (PSLRA) and the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act (SLUSA).
These broad-reaching legislative developments have shaped the current state of class action law. Primarily, nationwide mass tort cases are far less prevalent than they were a decade ago, and securities class action filings are significantly down, even in an era marked by widespread securities fraud, stock price manipulations, and mismanagement. The Federal Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) of 2005 changed class action practice in three principal ways:
- It changed the rules for federal diversity jurisdiction and removal, enabling most large class action cases to be filed in or moved to Federal Court;
- It transformed the procedures for settling all class actions in Federal Court; and
- It restricted the practice of coupon settlements and limited the manner in which class action attorney fees can be provided in coupon cases.
For more on CAFA, see the Publication of the Section of Litigation, American Bar Association, entitled “Class Actions Today,” copyright 2008, American Bar Association, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60610.
Contact an Iowa Class Action Attorney Today
Large group lawsuits have the power to help thousands or millions of people all at once while also punishing powerful corporations that have committed wrongful acts. At LaMarca Law Group, P.C., you can meet a Des Moines class action attorney who will go over your case free of charge. If it is determined that you have a case, typically a contingent fee contract is available, and there is no fee if there is no recovery. Contact the Des Moines class action lawyers at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. today at (515) 225-2600 to start the journey towards healing.