Class Action & Multidistrict Litigation
Class Action Attorneys in Alabama
When a corporation or other entity causes harm to a number of people, a class action lawsuit can provide widespread relief to the victims. The Union Springs and Montgomery class action lawyers at Jinks, Crow & Dickson, P.C. have extensive experience resolving and litigating class actions lawsuits on behalf of plaintiffs and consumers throughout Alabama and the country.
Multi-District & Class Action Litigation
At Jinks, Crow & Dickson, we are dedicated to protecting consumers’ rights. We have significant experience representing plaintiffs in large class action matters that have been consolidated with those from several districts within the same state, and that are being heard before one judge due to the similarity of the claims at issue, instead of being litigated in numerous separate courts. These matters are known as multi-district litigation (MDL) cases, and require a sophisticated understanding of the complex procedural and substantive aspects of class action cases. Representative cases from our attorneys’ significant body of work in MDL, class action, and putative class action matters on behalf of plaintiffs and consumers include:
- In re: Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 2406, Case No. 2:13-cv-20000-RDP, In the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama;
- In re: Genetically Modified Rice Litigation, In the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Eastern Division, Case No. 4:06 MD 1811 CDP (firm was selected by the steering committee to identify and recruit merits experts to testify on behalf of the Plaintiffs, to prepare experts for depositions, to attend those depositions and to depose defendant’s merits experts);
- In re: National Arbitration Forum Trade Practices Litigation, MDL No.10-2122;
- Browder v. Fleetwood Enterprises, Inc., Case No. EDCV 07-01180 SGL (JCRx), In the United States District Court for the Central District of California;
- May’s Distributing Co., Inc. v. Total Containment, Inc., et al, In the Circuit Court of Bullock County, Al, Case No. CV-2003-00002;
- Main Drug, Inc. v. WHP Health Initiatives, Case No. 2:05-cv-292-MEF, In the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama;
- Parham v. American Bankers, 24 So. 3d 1102 (Ala. 2009);
- Caldwell v. CCA, Case No. CV- 06-54, In the Circuit Court of Bullock County, AL;
- Briggs v. Countrywide, Case No. 95-d-859-N, In the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama;
- Robertson v. Liberty National Insurance Company, Case No. CV-1992-0000021, In the Circuit Court of Barbour County, AL (representing Intervenor in class action which was certified and later settled);
- Smith v. Caremark, Case No. CV-08-900054, In the Circuit Court of Bullock County, Alabama; and
- In Re: Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) Antitrust Litigation, Case No. 07-5944 SC, MDL No. 1917.
A Wide Variety of Claims Can Be Litigated as Class Actions
Class actions group the similar claims of multiple plaintiffs together and litigate them in one lawsuit. This approach provides several benefits. It can keep the cost of litigation down because discovery, hearings, and other expenditures of time and money only need to take place once instead of on repeated occasions for every member of the class. Class actions also sometimes allow for the resolution of claims more quickly than trying cases one by one.
Many kinds of claims can be brought as class actions as long as the circumstances of the plaintiffs’ claims are substantially similar and concern the same defendant(s). People injured by the same defective product, a group of businesses defrauded by the same company, or even employees all owed overtime pay by the same employer are all candidates for a possible class action lawsuit.
The attorneys at Jinks, Crow & Dickson have extensive experience with class action and MDL litigation in federal and Alabama state court, and have brought suits involving multiple issues such as antitrust, agriculture, and insurance.
Class Actions in Alabama
Class actions can be filed under either state or federal law. In Alabama, the first major step in litigating a class action case is certification of the class. This is the process that transforms a normal lawsuit into a class action. In order to certify a class, the claims must exhibit four factors:
- A large enough number of potential plaintiffs so that joining them all into a single traditional lawsuit would not be practicable;
- Common questions of law or fact between the plaintiffs’ claims;
- Similarity of claims between all the members of the class; and
- The plaintiffs will adequately represent the interests of all member of the class.
Once these factors are met, the class can be certified as long as the lawsuit falls within one of the three types of class actions permissible in Alabama. This last step generally seeks to ensure that the litigation of a case as a class action will result in a similar outcome for each member of the class.
The federal laws that allow plaintiffs to file a class action lawsuit in U.S. District Court are similar, and are designed to ensure that all class members are treated equally. If you are unsure as to whether your potential case can qualify as a class action, talk to an experienced attorney.
Experienced Class Action Lawyers
Sometimes people injured by the same company must band together to protect their rights. Jinks, Crow & Dickson’s Union Springs class action attorneys have the experience and resources to guide a class action lawsuit though filing, certification, and resolution. With offices in Union Springs and Montgomery, we are prepared to serve clients throughout Alabama. If you believe that you are a potential plaintiff in a class action lawsuit, call us at 334-738-4225 or contact us online to schedule a free and confidential consultation.