Class Action Litigation
Class action lawsuits
We represent both plaintiffs and defendants
We represent both plaintiffs and defendants defending, managing, and resolving a class action lawsuit requires experience and creativity. The class action lawyers at Bradshaw & Associates have represented clients in a broad spectrum of collective and class action lawsuits and class action settlements.
The benefit of “the class”
Typically, a consumer class action lawsuit is a lawsuit in state or federal court that is brought by one individual, or a few individuals, on behalf of a larger class of people similarly situated. Generally, it seeks damages on behalf of a person bringing the suit as well as the members of the “class.”
Mass accidents, product defects, or violations of consumer protection law
The classic basis for the use of a class action is to combine the smaller-dollar claims of a large number of people. Each person’s claim individually may be too small to pursue cost-effectively. Class action lawsuits can be used in the case of mass accidents and product defects or misrepresentations. Consumer fraud lawyers have successfully pursued cases of fraudulent bank charges, improper charges by a large commercial business, and cases where a business is treating a large number of people unfairly. In the case of a business charging consumers money they shouldn’t have to pay, a consumer fraud attorney can lead an investigation to determine the number of people involved and the potential damages.
Improving your chance for success
Combining many relatively small claims may justify the expense of litigation and improve the chances for success, especially against large corporations. In general, claims involving mass accidents or disasters, certain product defects, or violations of state consumer protection laws may qualify for class action treatment.
Both state and federal courts hear class actions
Generally, the class action procedures are similar in state and federal courts. However, cases, such as those claiming violations of certain federal statutes, can be brought only in federal court
A proper class action needs a class certification
When a case is brought as a class action, usually the court decides first whether it is a proper class action through a process called class certification. The parties proceed toward trial on the basis of the claims in the case. Settlement negotiations may occur at any point in the case. In the case of a settlement, Bradshaw & Associates’ skilled class action lawyers will advise on the benefits of settling versus continuing to pursue the class action claim in court. The court must approve any settlement and will order notice to be given to any class action members who will be bound by a settlement agreement or a dismissal of the case.
Bringing your own claim
The class action lawyers of Bradshaw & Associates have extensive experience in class actions, collective actions, consumer fraud complaints, and other complex matters. If you believe you have a good claim which effects a lot of people, give us a call for your free consultation.
The legal team at Bradshaw & Associates has the class action lawyers San Francisco residents and companies depend on. We advise and represent clients in state and federal class actions, Bay Area rent board petitions and proceedings, residential real estate rentals and leases, new business formation and entity selection, business and commercial transactions, and business or real estate litigation. Our San Francisco lawyers serve clients throughout the Bay Area, including Oakland, Berkeley, South San Francisco, Daly City, San Rafael, Alameda County, Contra Costa County, San Mateo County, and Marin County.