There is power in numbers. Large corporations are most-often undeterred by complaints, or even lawsuits, from just a few individuals. When large profits are at stake, corporations often view a few unhappy customers and shareholders as a small price to pay. Class actions allows individuals with common problems to join together in the same lawsuit, and compel large companies to treat their customers and shareholders fairly. Wites Law Firm has litigated class actions in a variety of areas, including:
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Since the founding of Wites Law Firm in 2001, the firm has exclusively represented consumers and investors in class action litigation. The firm has served as sole lead counsel and co-lead counsel in many class actions, and participated in national class action lawsuits prosecuted by groups that include the nation’s top class action law firms.
What types of cases are too small to pursue individually but when combined into hundreds or thousands of people that band together are worth pursuing as a single class action lawsuit?
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A class action is a lawsuit brought by one person that has a claim that is the same or similar to a larger group of people. The person bringing the lawsuit is called the "Class Plaintiff", "Named Plaintiff" or the "Class Representative". The larger group of people is called the "Class". The idea behind class actions is that it provides a means for individual consumers and investors with relatively small claims to work together in a single case and be on equal footing with large corporations. They are intended to create efficiency in the judicial system by allowing for the resolution of a large number of similar claims in a single class rather than burdening the court system with thousands, tens of thousands, or even hundreds of thousands of claims that are all common and similar in nature.
Generally, class actions involve cases where the Class has been subject to the same or similar treatment by the defendant. Examples of class actions include automobile defects; fee overcharge cases, such as in real estate transactions, credit card transactions, and other cases where the Class Members are all parties to the same or similar contracts and have been overcharged in a common manner; investment losses; insurance fraud cases (such as where the insurance company wrongfully denies certain types of claims or overcharges for premiums); violations of statutes intended to protect consumers, such as the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and Fair Credit Reporting Act; defective products (such as medical devices, medicine, and electronics); unfair and deceptive trade and business practices; and investment losses.
Generally, the requirement is that the Class Representative and the Class must have common or similar claims against the defendant. The court must also agree that the Class is sufficiently numerous to justify treatment as a class action, that Representative and Class Counsel are appropriate (usually referred to as “adequate”) to represent the Class, and that a class action is a superior method for the resolution of the claims of the Class Representative and the Class.
Yes. The Class Representative must (a) assist and work with (and keep in touch with) the lawyers that represent the Class; (b) review and approve material filings in the case, (c) assist the lawyers in responding to requests for documents and to written questions, and (d) attend a deposition, mediation and trial.
It is a motion that asks the court to enter an order which finds that the case meets all of the requirements to be a class action.
No. We will represent you and the Class on a contingency fee basis. If we do not recover money for you and the Class you will not have any obligation to pay our attorney’s fees or costs. If we obtain a class action settlement with the defendant, or a verdict and judgment at trial, the defendant will pay our attorney’s fees and costs, which are subject to approval by the court
Yes. I have been litigating class action lawsuits in federal and state court since 1994, and have experience defending and bringing class actions. Since 2001 my practice has been limited to only representing plaintiffs and the class. I have been appointed as class counsel in many class actions, and have obtained settlements for the Class that provided monetary relief and required the defendant to change their business practices
Marc: Congratulations on the School Board settlement! Glad you were about to get a good result for your clients. Having been your adversary early on in the case, I can say it was a long battle and the great result was due to your persistence and creative approach to the litigation. Well done!Josh Eggnatz
Attorneys often convey a sterile attitude toward clients that is often void of sincerity and compassion, and may even be condescending. Marc Wites has not lost his humanity!! Mr. Wites is an attorney that continues to stay abreast of the law, which results in excellent results for his clients. Marc Wites is my “go to” attorney when I am looking for A-rated service and quality representation. I consider Marc as not only my attorney but a friend as well.David
An impressive chamber of knowledgeable attorneys/staff that stand ready to work tirelessly on behalf of their clients. Marc Wites is the quintessential Perry Mason advocate–erudite, prepared, and brilliant. He is ready to take on any legal challenge. Above all, he is understanding of the working class. Surely, he’s not just in it for the money; he genuinely wants to help people. Overall outstanding law firm.Raymond Brown
Mr. Wites accepted my case when other lawyers would not. He never promised what he couldn’t deliver. He was realistic, upfront and honest. He actually returns phone calls. And he is willing to explain the legal process and to take time to answer questions. I would definitely contact Mr. Wites if I ever needed a lawyer again.Karla