Class Actions

Taking on Powerful Corporate Entities on Behalf of Consumers and Employees

Ahdoot & Wolfson, PC provides experienced class action representation to clients throughout California and across the United States.  Based in Los Angeles, the attorneys at Ahdoot & Wolfson have extensive experience litigating class action claims in numerous state and federal courts.  Consumers and employees should not be deterred by powerful corporate entities from asserting their rights and seeking damages – Ahdoot & Wolfson can help you and other individuals similarly affected pursue a class action against a corporate defendant, no matter how large.  Our attorneys are well-positioned to serve clients nationwide.  To learn more about our exceptional track record in class action litigation, see what we’ve done and how we’re giving back.

The Benefits of a Class Action

In a class action lawsuit, one or more individual plaintiffs act as class representatives on behalf of a larger group or “class” of individuals who share similar claims with the class representatives.  Class actions allow numerous individuals, often with small monetary claims against the defendant, to combine their claims into one lawsuit.  Class actions provide an economically viable avenue for individuals to pursue claims as a group against a larger corporate defendant, streamlining all their legal claims in one court, brought before a single judge.

Class Action Procedure

The procedure for pursuing a class action is somewhat more complex than a typical lawsuit.  First, the attorneys must file a class action lawsuit on behalf of one or more plaintiffs.  Second, the attorneys must move to certify the case as a class action based on certain criteria, including whether the plaintiffs, or class representatives, are well-suited to represent the class, and whether common questions of law and fact are predominant among all class members.  If these criteria are met, the court will certify the class.  After certification, the class attorneys must provide notice to the entire class of the pending case and the class certification, and indicate that the class members have the right to “opt-out,” or exclude themselves from the class action.  If a class member opts out, he or she will not be bound by the results of the litigation; class members that choose to remain in the class action typically will be bound by any judgment or settlement.

Many class actions reach settlement prior to trial.  In the event a settlement is reached, the parties must present the settlement to the court for approval.  After approval, the class attorneys must notify the class members of the settlement and inform them how to submit their claims.  In the event the class action goes to trial and a judgment is obtained in favor of the class, the court will likewise require notification to class members regarding their claims.  After the case is resolved, the class attorneys will seek court approval for the defendants to pay attorney’s fees and costs.

Class Action Practice Areas

Employment Law – Wage and Hour Claims

Ahdoot & Wolfson has a successful track record as class counsel for wage and hour disputes.  Our attorneys have the class action knowledge and experience to enable recovery for workers deprived of the wages they deserve.  An employer is liable for unlawful wage and hour policies, such as a policy that fails to allocate overtime pay or proper break periods.  At Ahdoot & Wolfson, we have the resources to represent a nationwide class against large corporations to enforce employee rights.  To learn more about our employment law practice, visit our employment law page and learn what we can do for you.

Consumer Law – False Advertising and Privacy Violations

In advertising their products and/or services, companies can often violate state and federal law by making erroneous scientific claims or offering misleading or deceptive guarantees as to a product’s safety or benefits.  These are examples of unfair business practices that can lead to class action litigation on behalf of consumers, often as a nationwide class action.  Insurance fraud is another common consumer-based class action, in situations where a provider charges hidden fees or fails to deliver the coverage promised.  Perhaps most prevalent in recent years among consumer class actions are claims involving invasions of privacy and unauthorized releases of confidential personal data.  Many recent class actions against large, multinational corporations storing consumers’ financial or medical information have been the result of database security breaches or, in some cases, unsecured posting of this data on the Internet.  The Ahdoot & Wolfson consumer protection page contains additional information regarding our extensive experience in this practice area.

Antitrust Law – Price Fixing and Business Interference

Ahdoot & Wolfson also represents plaintiffs on behalf of similarly situated class members in antitrust proceedings.  These class actions seek to protect businesses and consumers who are victims of unlawful monopolization and price fixing.  State and federal laws prohibiting anticompetitive conduct often do not deter large and powerful companies from attempting to exercise unlawful control of a particular market.  Antitrust litigation seeks to preserve the purpose of these laws in promoting market competition and protecting the economy.  Unlike consumer protection class actions, antitrust actions are typically brought by businesses at the distribution level that are in competition with the defendant corporations.  Nonetheless, many states, including California, permit recovery of damages for consumers provided they were end-users of the defendant’s product.  Our attorneys are committed to fighting antitrust activity and obtaining litigation results that benefit consumers and the general public while promoting fair competition in business.

Seek Experienced Class Action Representation

Ahdoot & Wolfson has a track record of success specific to class action litigation.  Our experienced attorneys provide a level and quality of class action representation essential to succeed in this complex area of legal practice.  If you have a potential class action claim and need a law firm with exceptional class action experience, contact Ahdoot & Wolfson today for a free initial consultation.  We routinely serve as class counsel on a contingency basis, with no costs or attorney’s fees to the client until recovery.