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How do you find a list of class action lawsuits?

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Lists of class action lawsuits can be found online using various websites specializing in listing class actions. Lists may also be compiled by searching the federal or state court records. Class actions are filed in either federal or state court, according to the American Bar Association.

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Websites such as LegalMatch allow users to get lists of class action lawsuits based on category, such as defective products, toxic exposure or alleged unsafe drugs. A wide variety of class actions can be investigated online, such as consumer fraud, medical devices, defective drugs, securities and overtime abuse, reports Class Action.org.

Stanford Law School has a securities class action clearinghouse for lawsuits that allege violations of securities law, such as commission churning and fraud. By clicking on Filings Search, a window opens where you can search for a list of securities class actions by company name, court name, filing date or several other search criteria, according to its website.

To obtain a list of all federal class actions against a particular corporate defendant or individual defendant, the federal court online record system called PACER can be used. PACER users must register with the website in order to gain access, reports the website. There is no charge for the search, but there is a charge for viewing search results.

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