Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Elsie Law's Daily Dose Of The Law

When there are an inordinate amount of defendants of plaintiffs involved in a lawsuit, the court creates a class action suit- in which there is a single lawsuit filed for the whole group. Doing this eliminates the chance of there being different judgments for a case involving the same details.

According to "Law 101": "Once a class action is certified the court engages in unusual procedures to make sure that the interests of the class members are protected. In most class actions, the representatives are required to give notice to members of the class action and of their right to opt out- to choose not be members of the class and to conduct their own litigation...They might also be required to publish advertisements in newspapers to try to reach people...The members might also have to be notified of any proposed settlement and given an opportunity to comment on its fairness before the judge approves it."

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