Residents of California have probably heard of class action lawsuits. In fact, some residents may even have received legal notices that they are potential plaintiffs in a class action suit regarding a product, company or service. But what, exactly, are class action lawsuits?
In some cases, class actions begin with a single plaintiff or a few plaintiffs. Those individuals file a suit against a company or other entity, often alleging that a product was misrepresented, is dangerous or caused injury. During the plaintiff's investigation, those bringing the lawsuit may realize that the injuries aren't isolated. In some cases, the individuals know that injuries or damages may be widespread even before the suit is filed.