Injured individuals may be hesitant to take on large and powerful defendants. When a large number of people suffer the same damage and wish to be compensated, they do not necessarily have to start individual lawsuits. Class proceedings can level the playing field between you and a large corporation.
You may also know class proceedings as “class actions,” as they are called in many American jurisdictions. Regardless of their name, they can be an important tool for consumer protection. For more details on this type of lawsuit, connect with one of our Ottawa mass torts lawyer. Our team of diligent trial lawyers can take the legal burden off your shoulders and pursue compensation on your behalf.
In a class action lawsuit, one representative plaintiff starts the claim on behalf of people with the same or similar injuries. The representative plaintiff seeks court approval of the proposed group or class of plaintiffs under the rules in the Ontario Class Proceedings Act. Once the class is approved, or “certified,” the class action can proceed to trial. The claims of all of the plaintiffs can then be resolved within a single lawsuit. Class action lawsuits can be less risky for plaintiffs than going in alone and can give large numbers of people access to compensation.
Mass tort proceedings are another option. No class certification step takes place, but one law firm can represent multiple plaintiffs who have the same problem. This is more efficient for investigating the case, getting expert reports, legal research, and many other aspects of case management.
Class proceedings are used for many different claims, including but not limited to:
Nicholson Gluckstein Lawyers are experienced in class proceedings and mass torts. We have carried out class proceedings on issues including consumer protection issues and breaches of privacy. If you are suffering and think you have company, get in touch with an Ottawa mass torts lawyer about joining a larger lawsuit.
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