When there are multiple claims against a defendant, it may be easier to group them together in what is known as a class action lawsuit. The primary benefit is that is allows everyone harmed by a defendant’s actions to hold it legally responsible for what it did in an Alabama court. However, there are many other potential benefits to trying multiple cases in a single proceeding.
Everyone can afford justice
Those who are part of a class are not responsible for paying court costs or any other expenses related to taking a case to trial. Instead, any fees associated with the case will be included in whatever amount the defendant is required to pay. Furthermore, everyone who is part of the class will receive a portion of whatever funds remain after other costs have been accounted for. It’s worth noting that since class actions help to streamline the litigation timeline, they may be less expensive than if all claimants tried their cases individually.
You may be able to leave the class
As a general rule, claimants have the opportunity to opt-out of a class action. This means that you are not bound by the outcome of the proceeding and may be free to seek additional damages against a defendant. Of course, there is no guarantee that a jury will find in your favor or that you’ll be awarded more than you would have received as part of a class.