Potential class members may be notified directly via mail or email or by advertisements after the court approves the case as a class-action lawsuit and/or after a preliminary settlement is reached. If you receive notification of a class action lawsuit that applies to you, you can decide whether you want to participate.
In most cases, you will be included automatically in the class unless you opt out and no further action will be required by you.
Class members have a passive role throughout class action litigation. If the lawsuit is successful, all class members receive equal compensation, which is awarded to all class members, regardless of the degree of harm they suffered.
Joining the class means you’re eligible for compensation, but you waive the right to file a separate lawsuit. If you have been harmed significantly more than other consumers, consult a lawyer before deciding to exclude yourself from the class.
Class actions often end in a settlement instead of going to trial, where compensation is ordered by a judge.
However, the settlement must receive final approval from the court after parties involved are given the opportunity to object to or appeal a settlement.
Class members generally receive payment about six to nine months after a settlement agreement is submitted to the court for preliminary approval according to the National Consumer Law Center.
You may choose to opt out of or not join a class action suit to preserve your right to bring your own lawsuit. You will not receive compensation if the class wins in court. If your damages are significantly larger than those of the other members of the class, consult with an attorney to determine if you would benefit from opting out.
If you have questions or concerns about the possibility of acting as a class representative or joining a class action lawsuit, call us today to discuss your situation and possible developing legal options.
Contact the Arnold Law Firm at (916) 777-7777.
With personal injury cases, success is defined by more than the number of dollars awarded at settlement. Our clients come to us not just bearing physical and financial trauma, but emotional and situational scars, as well. As the legal process evolves, relationships are built with our clients that typically last for a lifetime. Sometimes, that […]Learn More
On November 8, 2018, Anna* and her family fled their home in response to the Camp Fire mandatory evacuation. The massive fire destroyed more than 18,000 homes, displacing 50,000 residents in the town of Paradise, California, and surrounding areas. They didn’t have friends or relatives in neighboring cities to stay with and soon discovered that […]Learn More
On a warm August evening, Ray G. and his family were driving home from a school sporting event. As his Ford F250 pickup traveled through an intersection on Washington Blvd in Roseville, California, a Toyota Corolla compact sedan ran the red light and slammed into the driver’s side of Ray’s truck. The driver of the […]Learn More
Kimberly and Brian, both established professionals in Sacramento, were excited about moving into a charming yellow house in one of the best neighborhoods in the area. They had agreed to a lease-to-own arrangement that allocated $3,500 per month toward rent and an additional $2,000 per month toward a refundable deposit for the potential purchase of […]Learn More
Matthew B. contacted the Arnold Law Firm after consulting with multiple attorneys in the Sacramento area, including another major personal injury firm and an attorney specializing in motorcycle accidents. His case was rejected by other attorneys due to complexity with liability. As the rider in a car vs. motorcycle collision, Matthew suffered significant injuries to […]Learn More
Mr. E was on his way to work one very ordinary fall morning when an inattentive driver ran a red light, collided with his vehicle, and changed his life forever. In that moment, although he didn’t realize it at the time, a chain of events was set into motion that affected every aspect of his […]Learn More