Consumer Multidistrict & Class Action Litigation
Representing Plaintiffs in Class Action Claims in Florida and Nationwide
Multidistrict and class action cases attract some of the finest lawyers practicing today, due to their complexity and scope. Because the defendants are often large national or multinational corporations with nearly limitless resources, they also involve some of the nation’s largest and most powerful law firms. Not every firm has the resources and expertise to successfully prosecute these cases, but at Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen, we do.
Based in Miami but operating throughout Florida and nationwide, our class action litigators have deep experience in the complexities of multidistrict and class action litigation, as well as decades of experience before federal judges in the Southern District of Florida and around the country. We also have a proven record of success in litigating these cases in the trial court and defending our results on appeal. We have handled and settled claims on behalf of classes of individuals pursuing claims against pharmaceutical companies, car manufacturers, and banks.
To get started with a class action claim, we invite you to contact our team today at (866) 629-1061 or submit our online contact form.
What Is a Class Action Case?
Class action cases run the gamut from product liability to fraudulent or deceptive trade practices to breaches of contract, securities fraud, and unlawful or unfair employment practices. What unites these cases is that they all involve large numbers of victims who have often suffered relatively small individual damages, but from whom a large corporation has, in the aggregate, taken millions or billions of dollars in the name of ever greater profits.
Many times, cases involving hundreds or thousands of plaintiffs will be consolidated into what is known as “multi-district litigation” or MDL, meaning that claims across the country will be handled in a single designated district court. Additionally, recent changes in federal law –including the Class Action Procedures Act (CAFA) – mean that many class actions are now either brought in or removed to federal court.
Settlement on Behalf of Florida Property Owners $39,000,000
A first party property insurance settlement on behalf of a class of Florida property owners assessed unlawful windstorm deductibles by Lloyds of London.
Settlement for Bank of America Account Holders $410,000,000
Settlement on behalf of Bank of America individual account holders who suffered additional overdraft fees as a result of the bank’s policy of re-sequencing debit transactions from highest to lowest.
Settlement for Union Bank Account Holders $36,000,000
A Multidistrict and Class Action Litigation settlement on behalf of Union Bank individual account holders who suffered additional overdraft fees as a result of the bank’s policy of re-sequencing debit transactions from highest to lowest.
Jury Verdict for Palm Beach County Residents $19,000,000
A Multidistrict and Class Action Litigation jury verdict on behalf of residents of Palm Beach County, Florida, whose citrus trees were cut down by the state as part of its program directed toward the elimination of citrus canker.
Jury Verdict Against Vision Air $5,000,000
A Multidistrict and Class Action Litigation jury verdict in Nevada federal court against Vision Airlines to recover unpaid hazard pay on behalf of the pilots and flight attendants who operated Vision’s Air Bridge into the war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Understanding How a Claim Becomes a Class Action or MDL
Almost any civil tort claim has the potential to become a class action, if enough people are affected by the negligence and wrongdoing. It can often be difficult at first for plaintiffs to tell when they have a class action claim on their hands, as they may not realize the extent of the damage done to other individuals in the affected class.
However, you do not need to identify every injured person to start a class action claim. An attorney can file a lawsuit on your behalf only or on your behalf as the “class representative” and then seek to form an MDL with other plaintiffs or certify your claim as a class action.
For a claim to be certified by a judge as a class action, it must meet the following conditions:
- It must apply to enough people that it would be impractical to handle all claims on an individual level;
- There must be common questions of law involved for all the class members’ claims;
- The class representative(s) must have claims that are typical compared with the rest of the class;
- The class representative(s) must fairly represent the interests of the rest of the class.
Do you think that you may have a multidistrict or class action case? Contact Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen for a free consultation or call (866) 629-1061 today.