In most class action lawsuits, class members do not join in a class action settlement suit to claim a share, they simply choose not to opt out of the lawsuit to become participants in the suit. However, there are rare occasions where a class action suit requires members to participate in the suit by opting in through the use of a claim form, as noted by Class Action Litigation Information.Continue Reading
Before a class action suit can progress, a judge needs to approve it by making sure that the suit meets all the requirements. For example, to be a class action suit, the number of class members affected by the defendant must be numerous enough that it makes it difficult for a court system to hear every case against this same defendant, as noted by Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein. Secondly, a class member must show that he had a similar experience with the defendant as the other members.
Once a class action suit exists about a certain issue that affects a large group of people, class members may receive a written notice naming them as part of a class action lawsuit against a certain company or defendant. An example of such a case is being a class member in a lawsuit against a company that made a defective item during a particular time period, during which the defective item was bought by a member. For these types of cases, members do not have to do anything. However, if they choose to opt out, then they need to provide written notice of their decision.Learn more about Law