The purpose of a class action lawsuit is to provide compensation to a large number of people who suffered similar harm – either financial or physical – as a result of an illegal or wrongful act..
Class actions help the public pursue justice by:
Deterring Corporate Wrongdoing
Because large companies know their customers can band together and file a class action, these lawsuits serve to deter corporate wrongdoing.
Increasing legal efficiency
Class actions increase the efficiency of the legal process by replacing multiple lawsuits with a single case.
Providing Financial Incentive for Lawyers to Sue Big Companies
Large corporations have the financial resources to hire small armies of expensive, Ivy League-educated lawyers to defend them. A person who purchased a defective product, on the other hand, probably does not have such resources at his or her disposal.