Most of the time, when you as a consumer experience a problem with a product or a service you have purchased, the business that provided it willingly resolves the problem. Sometimes, however, the business refuses to address the problem. There are a wide range of federal and state consumer protection laws that can be used to force the business to right their wrong.
In some instances, the problem that you are experiencing is one that many other consumers have had with the same product or service. Those are cases in which a consumer class action might be an option.
A class action is a lawsuit that is brought by one or several people on behalf of everyone who has suffered the same problem with the same business. The group of people is called the “class.” The action collects all of the class members’ claims into one larger claim. If damages are awarded, the entire class shares in the award.
The advantage of a class action suit in a consumer case is that it aggregates claims that individually may be too small to justify pursuing legal action. Bringing a single action is more efficient and cost-effective, because it avoids numerous individual lawsuits that all involve the same facts and circumstances.
Depending on the circumstances, a class action is brought in either federal or state court. Federal and state laws contain numerous provisions that protect consumers from fraudulent and deceptive practices. Examples of the kinds of business practices that can lead to a consumer class action include:
New Jersey and Connecticut also protect consumers through federal and state laws. We will help you understand your rights regardless of where you live and where the problem occurred.
At the Jacob Fuchsberg Law Firm, our attorneys understand the wide range of consumer protection laws that are available to use against businesses that use illegal, fraudulent, deceptive, or abusive tactics. We are experienced in handling class actions and in complying with all the federal and state rules and requirements that apply to bringing a class action in federal or state court.
We handle consumer class actions on a contingent fee basis. If we do not succeed in getting a settlement or verdict, you owe us nothing. In addition, your initial consultation is free.
Contact us to schedule your free consultation with one of our New York consumer class action and product liability attorneys. We serve clients in Manhattan, all five boroughs of New York, and throughout the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.