Class Action Employment Law: Strength in Numbers

California Class action

Our Class Action Cases Have Resulted in Awards OVER $250 MILLION to our Clients!

So, what does CLASS ACTION really mean?

Have you ever gotten one of those cards in the mail telling you that you are part of a group to be included in a class action suit? Usually you sign the card and send it in; you may get more paperwork to fill out, and some day down the road if you’re lucky you get a check as a “member” of the class action for maybe $50 as your portion of the settlement of the case.

Not exactly the Rainmaker you expected, right? BUT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT REAL MONEY HERE!

There are TWO BIG REASONS our cases tend to pay out differently:

FIRST: The Awards! When we take on a case usually our client will be the “class rep” (typically the first to initiate the case). As class representative, you may be entitled to incentive or enhancement awards in addition to the actual settlement of the case. Our clients HAVE RECEIVED AWARDS UP TO $30,000 as the class representative. Specific amounts, however, can vary and all awards are subject to approval by the court.

SECOND: Quite simply, employment class cases are typically larger than, say, a cell phone company charging the wrong fees. Overtime hours and penalties can add up FAST. In addition, California law stipulates we can go back four years from the date we file the case, to collect. Imagine you were under paid by $40 a day. This is not super exciting, right? However, multiply that by five days a week for 52 weeks times four years, THAT’S $41,600! Now add interest and penalties, and multiply that times 100 employees. I think you can see the full picture now.

What if I don’t have an employment claim?

UELG has over 30 years experience in specific areas of the law. Our firm has worked alongside other national firms to file one of the largest cases of its kind in US history. This consumer case against AT&T ended in an award of ONE BILLION DOLLARS! We are qualified to determine which viable claims you may have.

Do I really want to deal with being part of class action case?
At the end of the day, IT IS MUCH HARDER TO SILENCE A CROWD, THAN ONE PERSON.

Sometimes it takes the support of multiple similar claims to convince a company to take action and deal with the injustice that has affected you.  There are three things you should consider when filing a class action, that you may not know.

It only takes ONE: California civil procedure law makes it relatively easy to bring a class action suit, requiring only one plaintiff (the complaining party i.e. you) to file a case.

GET THE BALL ROLLING: To open a class action suit you DO NOT need to have a group with you agreeing to file as well, or a list of other complaining parties.

LIMITED TIME: Some of those who have been wronged shy away from ever finding justice simply because they fear the time commitment of being part of a class action suit. Don’t let it go! You may be surprised at the minimal time we require of you. You will need to give us any documentation we need from you, and likely participate in a question and answer session known as a deposition. You will need to respond to an occasional phone call, email or letter.Most of all, you must be passionate and committed to the class members. Your team at UELG will do most of the work, and remember you don’t pay any of our fees or costs until we collect on your behalf. We are only paid if we WIN.

Can any case be a class action suit in Los Angeles?

While a class action can be a powerful tool in seeking justice against an employer who is breaking the law, not all cases qualify. Often an employer will fight much harder to avoid a payout if it is a single complaint rather than risk a much larger settlement in a class action.

In order to be filed as a CLASS ACTION IN CALIFORNIA the case must meet the C.A.N.T requirement:

Commonality—the plaintiffs must have common complaints or complaints against a common defendant.

Adequacy—anyone being included must be best served by participating in the class

Numerosity—there must be enough plaintiffs that filing individual cases would be burdensome to the included parties or courts.

Typicality—any complaints and or the defenses must be typical to the defendants and or plaintiffs.

When you retain the services of United Employees Law Group, one of the first things we will do is determine whether your case is an individual or class case. It is important to know, we want the best outcome for YOU. We will work to get you the best award we can.

 

 

 

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