As others stand down, we are Standing Up. In the last ten years, courts throughout the country have made it harder to bring class action suits. Many corporations have adopted unethical and even illegal practices in an effort to avoid being held responsible for their actions. They claim that they have “good faith” belief that what they are doing is legal, or that they have been sued before. Some corporations have even settled for a fraction of the losses that their conduct has caused.
We don’t know what all the lawsuits cost our economy every year. We do know that it costs millions of dollars a year to defend these cases and that it is time consuming. But it is also costing the economy time. Time that could be spent producing new products or growing businesses in areas of growth, and money that could be put back into the economy by hiring more workers, expanding existing businesses, or buying new technology.
There are two main reasons that a class action suit is brought; either to provide compensation for personal injuries, property damage, and/or medical expenses; or to protect consumer rights. While both sides benefit from the lawsuit, most class action lawyers end up taking a percentage of whatever is paid out.
In Florida, class actions must be brought within two years of the incident that created the complaint. Class action law can only be used to seek damages if there is negligence on the part of another person or company. Class Action Lawsuits in Florida can also be brought to obtain compensation for medical expenses resulting from the injury. In other states, they can only be brought for such things as pain and suffering or loss of income.
The process for bringing these cases is incredibly tedious, costly and time consuming. The lawsuit must be filed in the circuit court where the plaintiff resides, and a copy must be provided to the defendant’s attorney. The plaintiff must then wait for at least ninety days (sometimes up to ninety months) for the court to hold a hearing on the case. After this, the plaintiff must then hire a private attorney to represent him or her in the case.
Court costs will eventually come out of the plaintiff’s pocket. Although the court system may help defray some of these costs, the plaintiff can pay them from his or her own savings. or the profits of his or her business. And, in many cases, he or she must pay all or most of the costs herself. However, in many cases, the court does not have the resources to fully compensate plaintiffs, because many plaintiffs are only compensated after the case is concluded.
Florida does have a statute of limitations, but the statute of limitations varies greatly from state to state. The statute of limitations begins to run in January of the year prior to the date when the lawsuit is filed, or on the date on which the action is brought in later.
If you or a loved one has been injured, lost wages or property, or any other type of personal injury or accident, you should file a Florida class action lawsuit if it is warranted. Whether it is your fault or someone else’s, you should contact a lawyer immediately.
Law firms may require you to give them at least two months’ notice before filing the suit, but the law is not always consistent in this regard. Some lawyers are notorious for charging extremely high fees, but it pays to do your homework before signing any papers.
Before deciding on a lawyer, it is important to know what the lawyer’s fee will be and how long it will take him or her to get the case going. In Florida, you must pay both the lawyer’s fees and his or her hourly rate. If the case is settled in court, the lawyer will be paid the court fees.
Class Action Lawsuits in Florida can be very complex, and the process can be overwhelming. However, if you have been injured, you have suffered an injury or are suffering from an injury or accident, you have the right to pursue a legal action against the person who caused it.