Class actions are a type of “mass tort” litigation that allow multiple plaintiffs to seek damages related to injuries resulting from a single defendant’s negligent or wrongful conduct. Often, class actions are a favorable alternative to initiating numerous individual claims against a sole defendant for the same or similar damages, as they reduce the overall number of cases moving through the court system and permit plaintiffs’ legal counsel to collaborate in discovery and the sharing of resources. Unlike mass torts, class action lawsuits do not allow for individual recoveries; rather, in a successful class action lawsuit, the court will grant a single award of damages which will then be divided among all participating class members.
At Fulmer Sill, we have honed our class action litigation practice over the years, allowing our attorneys to provide some of the most aggressive mass litigation services in the nation. With more than 30 years of legal experience and a multitude of significant class action settlements, Fulmer Sill is truly a firm of distinction. We have the type of relentless tenacity required when challenging the harmful practices of powerful corporations and huge institutions, and our attorneys are committed to leveling the playing field on behalf of everyday individuals who have been harmed by these entities’ unjust conduct. Our long history of successful mass litigation recoveries, genuine concern for consumer advocacy, and commitment to highly personal service set us far apart from most typical law practices.
Mass litigation refers to civil (i.e., non-criminal) legal actions involving multiple plaintiffs. A “plaintiff” is someone—whether a person, business, or some other entity—who files a civil claim or lawsuit against another party (known as the “defendant”) for damages. In legal terms, “damages” most often refers to economic losses, including medical expenses and lost income, resulting from an act of negligence, wrongful conduct, malpractice, default, or breach of contract. However, plaintiffs may also seek non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering.
There are two main types of mass litigation:
- Mass Torts: A mass tort involves multiple plaintiffs seeking individual damages for losses specific to each plaintiff.
- Class Actions: A class action allows multiple plaintiffs to seek a single award of damages, which is then split among all participating plaintiffs.
While mass torts are more appropriate when participating plaintiffs have a large degree of variation in the type and amount of damages suffered, class actions may be more suitable when the participants have sustained the same or similar damages due to the defendant’s negligent or wrongful conduct, breach of duty or contract, or by default.
Class action lawsuits may be initiated by a single person or a group of people who have been similarly affected by a single defendant’s conduct. Once a class action has been initiated, others who have been physically or economically harmed by the defendant’s conduct may choose to participate in the lawsuit.
If you have been negatively affected by a business, manufacturer, government agency, or another large entity, we encourage you to reach out to our team at Fulmer Sill right away. There may be ongoing litigation related to your claim, or you may have grounds for a single-plaintiff or mass litigation case. Our experienced, knowledgeable attorneys and staff can review the details of your situation and provide personalized guidance regarding your rights and options, as well as how to proceed with your legal matter. We offer completely free and confidential consultations, and we do not collect any attorney fees or litigation-related expenses unless we recover a settlement or verdict on your behalf.
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At Fulmer Sill, we are recognized for our expansive mass litigation practice. Our firm is one of the only ones in the area to actually handle these cases in-house, rather than referring them out to other law firms. In fact, many firms who accept mass tort and class action lawsuits refer them to us.
Our Oklahoma City class action attorneys are currently accepting mass litigation cases involving:
- Deceptive trade practices
- Oilfield accidents
- Oil and gas royalty underpayments
- State and municipality litigation
- Opioid litigation
- Wage and hour claims
- Whistleblower claims
We have extensive experience in this highly complex and nuanced area of law and are prepared to aggressively pursue maximum compensation on behalf of consumers state- and nationwide. Our attorneys are dedicated to holding large, powerful companies accountable for the injuries and widespread harm they cause. We strive to be a voice for the voiceless, helping honest, everyday people recover fair compensation for devastating losses and assisting them in moving forward with their lives.