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A legal action by one or more plaintiffs on their own behalf, and on the behalf of other persons with an identical interest in an alleged wrong

class action lawsuit

Medical liability A legal action by one or more plaintiffs on their own behalf, and on the behalf of other persons with an identical interest in an alleged wrong. See Agent Orange, Breast implants, Dalkon shield, Shiley valve.
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Significantly, the class action does not cover situations in which a carrier levies a periodic charge (as opposed to a call-by-call charge) in exchange for a specific number of (or unlimited) minutes or calls (such as the now common billing method for cellular telephone service of, for example, $49.
Potential plaintiffs in opt-out class actions whose needs will not be best served by the contemplated class action may opt-out.
We cannot allow one rogue county to set the pace for class action lawsuits nationwide, thereby undermining Illinois and other states' ability to effectively adjudicate class action lawsuits.
You would think that Bogus, as someone whose thesis is that tort law should be viewed as an adjunct regulatory system, would be eager to tell us about the selfless efforts of the plaintiffs' class action bar over the past decade to establish nationwide standards using the juries of Madison County, a small rural area in southwest Illinois.
Fewer than one in four corporate counsel report using alternative fee arrangements for class actions, but they plan to double their use of alternative fee arrangements for class actions this year.
This provision authorizes class actions in certain circumstances where equitable relief, such as an injunction or a declaratory judgment, would be appropriate for the class.
In recent months, several class actions have driven home the point that reform is needed, critics say.
But these measures do little more than make class actions involving citizens from more than one state removable from state courts to federal courts.
Zacharias added, "Securities class actions and securities regulatory prosecutions represent a significant and costly drain on corporate America and a burden to the judicial system.
To date, there have been 22 securities class actions filed related to options backdating allegations, 20 of which were filed in 2006.
ACE recently released the white paper, "Trends in Securities Class Action Litigation and Directors and Officers Liability Insurance," which examines the number of class actions pending in federal courts during 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005; the allegations involved, including specific accounting allegations; securities judgments; types of plaintiffs; and, the industries targeted.