Class actions are lawsuits involving a large number of people who are similarly affected by a situation that entitles them to compensation or other relief. In a class action, representative claimants act on behalf of others similarly situated, which avoids the need for multiple individual claimants to file their own lawsuits. Class actions can often be the most efficient, organized, and financially sound way of making a case against large corporations.
Burg Simpson believes that class actions serve an important role in society. Class actions provide a mechanism to hold large companies responsible for wrongful conduct that might otherwise go unchecked if each individual had to litigate alone. Often class actions are the only realistic means of holding large corporate wrongdoers accountable.
Yet class actions are under constant attack by the very corporate entities they seek to regulate. Hidden clauses in routine consumer contracts (such as the required “Terms” on internet websites) often preclude cases from proceeding as class actions and instead require arbitration of each individual claim. Further, class certification has become very difficult to obtain due to obstacles created by recent court decisions.
We at Burg Simpson can offer our substantial experience and knowledge of the law to benefit you in seeking justice through a class action lawsuit. We can also evaluate whether your interests are better served by other procedural options, such as a multi-plaintiff lawsuit, which often can be more efficient than a class action case, particularly when the members of the class are not too numerous or geographically widespread and can be identified.
Types of Class Action Lawsuits We Handle
- Consumer fraud/breach of warranty class actions
- Employment class actions
- Breach of contract class actions
- Securities (shareholders) class actions
Attorneys at Burg Simpson in Cincinnati have substantial experience in handling class action cases. Our past successes include class actions against the Cincinnati Bengals involving seat licenses for Paul Brown Stadium, against Wal-Mart concerning off the clock and overtime pay, against Chubb Insurance Co. on behalf of farmers who bought drought insurance, and against a local HMO on behalf of doctors who alleged securities fraud and RICO.
Burg Simpson welcomes opportunities to build co-counsel relationships with attorneys seeking to partner with class counsel. We have a record of success in bringing large, complex cases to conclusion. For more detail on employment cases and class actions, please review our Employment Page.