Class Action

What is a class action law suit?

A “class action” is a civil suit brought by one or more people on behalf of themselves and others who are similarly situated. In other words, the others are in a substantially similar circumstance where the common issues are the most critical to the lawsuit. For example, if a large number of consumers is injured as a result of an allegedly defective product, the principal issue will be whether the product caused the injury. Some examples of class actions are those brought against the manufacturers of allegedly defective or hazardous products, such as asbestos, certain vaccines, Agent Orange, tobacco, and breast implants. Only then will the question of how badly each party was injured be heard.

Class actions may also be brought on contracts. For example, all customers of America Online could claim damages when it went to its $19.95 per month rate – with inadequate capacity to handle the increased traffic.

Another frequent field for class actions is securities claims. For example, suppose a company issues an allegedly false press release and the stock goes from $10 to $15 but when the truth comes out the stock falls to $6 per share. A class action could be brought on behalf of all the stockholders who purchased shares after the company issued deceptive news and before the truth came out. Each member of the class allegedly suffered some harm as a result of the alleged wrong. The damages each member of the class will vary – someone who bought 1,000 shares at $15 each would be 10 times more impacted than a person who bought 100 shares at $15 – but the critical issue is whether the press release was deceptive, and that is common to all class members.

Typical class actions involve hundreds, thousands or millions of people who have comparable claims. Class action “certification” permits all claims to be heard in a single trial.

Francis & Mailman, P.C. is routinely involved in a number of class action lawsuits at any time. Our firm has been certified to serve as class counsel by federal and state courts, in numerous cases, including the following:

  • Bank of America
  • Arrow Financial
  • NCO
  • GMAC
  • Calvary Investments
  • Midland Credit Management
  • KIA
  • LaRocque v. TRS Recovery Services, Inc., No. 2:11-CV-91-DBH (July 17, 2012). To view original decision, click here
  • Ramirez et al. v. Trans Union, LLC, C.A. No. 3:12-cv-00632-JSC (N.D. Cal.). To view original complaint, click here.
  • Summerfield v. Equifax Information Services, LCC, 2009 WL 3234191 (D.N.J. Sept. 30 2009);
  • Chakejian v. Equifax Information Services, LLC, 256 F.R.D. 492, 2009 WL 764656 (E.D.Pa. 2009)
  • Barel v. Bank of America, F.R.D., 2009 WL 122805 (E.D. Pa. 2009);
  • Mann v. Verizon, C.A. No. 06-5370 (E.D. Pa. Sept. 26, 2008);
  • Smith v. Grayling Corp., 2008 WL 3861286, C.A. No. 07-1905 (E.D. Pa. 2008)
  • Strausser v. ACB Receivables Management, Inc., 2008 WL 859224 (E.D. Pa., March 28, 2008);
  • Nienaber v. Citibank (South Dakota), N.A., 2007 WL 2003761 (D.S.D., July 5, 2007);
  • Jordan v. Commonwealth Financial Systems, Inc., 237 F.R.D. 132, (E.D. Pa. 2006);
  • Seawell v. Universal Fidelity Corp, 235 F.R.D. 64 (E.D.Pa. 2006);
  • Perry v. FleetBoston Financial Corp., 229 F.R.D.105 (E.D. Pa. 2005);
  • Beck v. Maximus, Inc., 2005 WL 589749 (E.D. Pa. 2005), vacated on other grounds, Beck v. Maximus, 457 F. 3d 291, 2006 WL 2193603 (3d. Cir. Aug. 4, 2006)
  • Stoner v. CBA Information Services, 352 F. Supp. 2d 549 (E.D. Pa. 2005);
  • Bittner v. Trans Union, LLC, C.A. No. 04-2562 (E.D. Pa. January 4, 2005);
  • Wisneski v. Nationwide Collections, Inc., 227 F.R.D. 259 (E.D. Pa. 2004);
  • Petrolito v. Arrow Financial Services, LLC, 221 F.R.D. 303 (D. Conn. 2004);
  • Orloff v. Syndicated Office Systems, Inc., 2004 WL 870691 (E.D. Pa 2004);
  • Bonett v. Education Debt Services, Inc., 2003 WL 21658267 (E.D. Pa. 2003);
  • Gaumer v. The Bon-Ton Stores, C.A. No. 02-8611 (E.D. Pa. Dec. 30, 2003);
  • Street v. Portfolio Recovery Associates, C.A. No. 01-3684 (E.D. Pa. July 30, 2003);
  • Samuel-Bassett v. Kia Motors America, Inc., 212 F.R.D. 271 (E.D. Pa. 2000), vacated on other grounds;
  • Oslan v. Law Offices of Mitchell N. Kay, 232 F. Supp. 2d 436 (E.D. Pa. 2002);
  • Oslan v. Collection Bureau of Hudson Valley, 206 F.R.D. 109 (E.D. Pa. 2002);
  • Saunders v. Berks Credit & Collections, 2002 WL 1497374 (E.D. Pa. 2002);
  • Schilling v. Let’s Talk Cellular and Wireless, 2002 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3352 (E.D. Pa. 2002);
  • Fry v. Hayt, Hayt and Landau, 198 F.R.D. 461 (E.D. Pa. 2000);
  • Smith v. First Union Mortgage Corporation, 1999 WL 509967 (E.D. Pa. 1999);
  • Miller v. Inovision, C.P. Phila. County, December Term, 1999, No. 3504.
  • Barel v. Bank of America, __F.R.D.__, 2009 WL 122805 (E.D. Pa. 2009);
  • Mann v. Verizon, C.A. No. 06-5370 (E.D. Pa. Sept. 26, 2008);
  • Smith v. Grayling Corp., 2008 WL 3861286, C.A. No. 07-1905 (E.D. Pa. 2008)
  • Strausser v. ACB Receivables Management, Inc., 2008 WL 859224 (E.D. Pa., March 28, 2008);
  • Nienaber v. Citibank (South Dakota), N.A., 2007 WL 2003761 (D.S.D., July 5, 2007);
  • Jordan v. Commonwealth Financial Systems, Inc., 237 F.R.D. 132, 2006 WL 2294855 (E.D. Pa. 2006);
  • Seawell v. Universal Fidelity Corp, 235 F.R.D. 64 (E.D.Pa. 2006);
  • Perry v. FleetBoston Financial Corp., 299 F.R.D. 105, 2005 WL 1527694 (E.D. Pa. 2005);
  • Beck v. Maximus, Inc., 2005 WL 589749 (E.D. Pa. 2005); vacated on other grounds, Beck v. Maximus, 457 F. 3d 291, 2006 WL 2193603 (3d. Cir. Aug. 4, 2006)
  • Stoner v. CBA Information Services, 352 F. Supp. 2d 549 (E.D. Pa. 2005);
  • Bittner v. Trans Union, LLC, C.A. No. 04-2562 (E.D. Pa. January 4, 2005);
  • Wisneski v. Nationwide Collections, Inc., 227 F.R.D. 259 (E.D. Pa. 2004);
  • Petrolito v. Arrow Financial Services, LLC, 221 F.R.D. 303 (D. Conn. 2004);
  • Orloff v. Syndicated Office Systems, Inc., 2004 WL 870691 (E.D. Pa 2004);
  • Bonett v. Education Debt Services, Inc., 2003 WL 21658267 (E.D. Pa. 2003);
  • Gaumer v. The Bon-Ton Stores, C.A. No. 02-8611 (E.D. Pa. Dec. 30, 2003);
  • Street v. Portfolio Recovery Associates, C.A. No. 01-3684 (E.D. Pa.July 30, 2003);
  • Samuel-Bassett v. Kia Motors America, Inc., 212 F.R.D. 271 (E.D. Pa. 2000), vacated on other grounds;
  • Oslan v. Law Offices of Mitchell N. Kay, 232 F. Supp. 2d 436 (E.D. Pa. 2002);
  • Oslan v. Collection Bureau of Hudson Valley, 206 F.R.D. 109 (E.D. Pa. 2002);
  • Saunders v. Berks Credit & Collections, 2002 WL 1497374 (E.D. Pa. 2002);
  • Schilling v. Let’s Talk Cellular and Wireless, 2002 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3352 (E.D. Pa. 2002);
  • Fry v. Hayt, Hayt and Landau, 198 F.R.D. 461 (E.D. Pa. 2000);
  • Smith v. First Union Mortgage Corporation, 1999 WL 509967 (E.D. Pa. 1999);
  • Miller v. Inovision, C.P. Phila. County, December Term, 1999, No. 3504.