When you and a group of others have suffered losses, whether it is financial, injury related or otherwise, as a result of a wrongdoing by a corporation, institution or government, you may have a class action.
Class action legislation was designed to help people who have been wronged in circumstances where trying to sue a "corporate giant" alone does not make economic sense. The high cost of a lawsuit makes it difficult for individuals to go against large companies, especially where a successful claim will not result in much money on an individual basis.
The purposes of Class Action legislation are to:
- handle more efficiently cases where a company has done something unlawful that affects a large group of people;
- improve access to justice for those people whose claims might not otherwise be pursued;
- attempt to modify the behaviour of actual or potential wrongdoers who might otherwise be tempted to ignore their legal obligations.
If you believe you have been ripped off (even in a small way) or injured by a company's business practices or negligence, please call us for a free consultation.
Factors considered in pursuing a claim as a class action include the following:
- You need to have a valid claim against the company
- There must be an identifiable group of people that are affected (known as the "class")
- The "right" person must be appointed to represent the class
- The class of people must be similarly affected
- The class action must be the preferable way to go as compared to some other form of lawsuit
Who is the "right" person to act as the representative plaintiff?
As a starting point, it is the person who agrees to act on behalf of the rest of the affected people (the "class"). That person (the "representative plaintiff") works with the law firm to make sure the interests of the class are considered and pursued.
How to join a class action
If you live in British Columbia and you fall within the defined "class" then you are automatically part of the class action. You can always request not to be part of the lawsuit if that is what you want.
If you live outside British Columbia and fall within the defined class then you have to register ("opt-in") to be part of the class action.
If you think you belong to a defined class of people that have been wronged, no matter where you live, you should contact our law firm.
Free initial consultation
We offer a free consultation to meet with us and discuss your potential class action claim.
We have offices in Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Surrey, Richmond and North Vancouver.
Our fee is based on a percentage of the amount we recover for you. If there is no recovery, there is no fee. In class action lawsuits, the court must approve the law firm's fee to make sure that it is fair and reasonable.