Iowa Class Action Lawsuit Lawyer
A class action lawsuit is a legal claim in which a group of people who have suffered similar injuries caused by one party take action against that party. If you are considering participating in such a claim, the law firm of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. can help. Our Iowa class action lawsuit lawyers have obtained class action certification in a wide variety of cases, and we have acted as legal counsel in both state and federal courts.
Class actions can be useful in a number of ways. They can win compensation for multiple injuries in an efficient and expedient manner. They also allow plaintiffs to work together to build a case they could not realistically make on their own. For example, demonstrating that a seemingly small error in billing is actually an intentional scam may require testimony from many affected people.
These lawsuits have played an important role in people’s attempts to combat corporate negligence and deliberate theft. LaMarca Law Group, P.C.‘s team of knowledgeable Iowa class action lawyers works for victims of large scale negligent and penalizes unscrupulous parties. Call us at 877-327-2600.
About Iowa Class Action Lawsuits
To understand the importance of class action lawsuits in battling corporate malfeasance, consider a few examples. In one example, a cellular phone carrier always rounds minutes upwards without notifying clients about this fact. In other words, if a customer talks for one minute and two seconds, he or she will be billed for two minutes without notice. Every year this company could make millions of dollars from customers who do not realize they are being cheated.
Another example is an internet service provider with so many customers that it knows it cannot provide adequate service for any of them. When people try to use their internet access, they only receive busy signals or error messages. Worse, they have no way to get out of their extended service contracts. This may appear to simply be an overly successful advertising campaign, but is actually a deliberate attempt to gain extra money from unsuspecting consumers.
For individual consumers in these cases, it simply would not be economically feasible to file a lawsuit based on a few rounded-up seconds or a poor internet connection. However, when consumers work together in a class action lawsuit, they are able to show the full extent of the defendant’s negligence.
To file an Iowa class action lawsuit, plaintiffs must first complete class action certification. This is the process of obtaining a court’s permission to join multiple plaintiffs’ suits into one. Unfortunately, it is not an easy step to complete. Our team of Iowa class action litigation lawyers has the experience, knowledge, and dedication to help you file a claim against a negligent corporation.
Other names for these lawsuits filed by multiple plaintiffs with similar injuries are “mass tort litigation” and “multi-district litigation” (MDL). Whatever the name, the legal issues remain much the same as in class action lawsuits despite a few differences.
Grounds for Iowa Class Action Lawsuits
People participate in class actions for many different reasons. Some have been injured by defective products, like vehicles or pharmaceuticals. Others have been victims of intentional misbehavior such as consumer fraud, corporate misconduct, securities fraud, and unfair employment practices.
Sometimes class actions are based on one major accident, such as a plane crash, building collapse, or explosion. This kind of lawsuit is known as mass tort litigation. It can be based on product liability, malpractice, or other forms of negligence.
If you believe that you have been overcharged, injured by a defective product, or otherwise mistreated by a business, there may be others in your situation. Our experienced Iowa mass tort litigation lawyers can investigate the causes of your injury and explore your legal options. If you have grounds for legal action, we will work tirelessly on your behalf.
Federal and Iowa Class Action Law
Class action litigation is a highly complex area of the law. Filing a successful Iowa class action lawsuit requires knowledge not only of the unique procedures to be followed in these cases, but also of the many laws involved in each particular claim. At LaMarca Law Group, P.C., each of our Iowa class action lawyers has the knowledge and legal experience you need for success.
Three comprehensive pieces of litigation have significantly impacted class action practice and claims as they exist today. They are the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act (PSLRA); the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act (SLUSA); and the Federal Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) of 2005.
These broad-reaching legislative developments have greatly affected the current state of class action lawsuits. The primary effect is that nationwide mass tort cases are far less prevalent than they were a decade ago. Securities class action filings are also significantly down, even in an era marked by widespread securities fraud, stock price manipulations, and mismanagement.
CAFA in particular changed class actions in three different ways:
- It changed the rules for federal diversity jurisdiction and removal, enabling most large class action cases to be filed in or moved to Federal Court.
- It transformed the procedures for settling all class actions in Federal Court.
- It restricted the practice of coupon settlements and limited the manner in which class action attorney fees can be provided in coupon cases.
For more on CAFA, see the Publication of the Section of Litigation, American Bar Association, entitled “Class Actions Today,” copyright 2008, American Bar Association, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60610.
Large group lawsuits have the power to not only help thousands or millions of people at once, but also to change the way corporations treat their customers. At LaMarca Law Group, P.C., we offer legal services to victims of careless or unscrupulous corporate behavior. To schedule a consultation with one of our Iowa mass tort litigation attorneys, contact us at 877-327-2600.