Los Angeles, CA complex litigation attorney Raymond Boucher talks about how class action cases can take effect.
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The idea of a class action is that you have a piece of conduct or something that is done by a defendant; they sell a car that’s defective, and that car has a defect that impacts the entire range of cars or models that they own, or that they sell. Somebody who has purchased it has been injured or affected by it, and yet, to fix it is $10.00 or $20.00 or $100.00, whatever it happens to be. You can’t bring a lawsuit as an individual, because it just doesn’t make any sense, but you want to stop that conduct. You want to make sure that the defendant doesn’t continue to engage in selling defective products, automobiles, pharmaceuticals, or an employer cheating his or her employees with respect to their wages.
And so, a class action is a representative action where somebody gets to bring an action on behalf of everybody that’s impacted or affected by this conduct with the hope of getting them compensated, and also with the hope of stopping the conduct and the behavior by the defendant.