Class action lawsuits happen constantly and can include a great number of people. Faulty products or bad investments are just a few examples of legal cases that can lead to such large-scale lawsuits. For example, when defective Bridgestone/Firestone tires led to countless accidents and injuries, a federal judge in Indiana allowed the range of the class to include “all current residents of the United States who… owned or leased a 1991 through 2001 model year Ford Explorer as of August 9, 2000” [source: FindLaw].

Why We’re Asking:

We began to wonder about the advantages and disadvantages of being part of such a large collective group looking to get fair compensation. We invest in products to keep us safe, and medicine to keep us healthy. But sometimes, these items can fail to perform. When you end up injured or misled by a product or service, is it more advantageous to opt out of a class action lawsuit and sue independently or be represented by the qualified lawyer representing the larger class?

So it’s time to weigh in:

I got a letter inviting me to participate in a class action lawsuit. What do I do? Is it a scam?

What happens if I don’t respond to a class action lawsuit?

Do I have to pay anything to participate?

We’re excited to hear back from our legal professionals. Check back later in the week to see what advice they have to give about class action lawsuits!

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