New York Class Action Attorney Represents Injured Consumers
Skilled plaintiffs’ lawyer manages complex litigation
Class actions empower individual plaintiffs, who would be at a serious disadvantage confronting a powerful defendant, to obtain strength in numbers to balance the scales of justice. Richard W. Meirowitz believes in the power of class actions to deter illegal behavior, promote justice and ensure that the free market, dominated by powerful corporations, serves the public good and does not take advantage of unwary consumers. I work with groups of citizens to certify classes for trial in state and federal courts on such varied issues as:
- Consumer fraud
- Dangerous drugs
- Discrimination in the workplace
- Discrimination in the marketplace
- Product defect
It may be that an insurance company is cheating its policy holders out of small amounts of cash. For a single policy holder who notices the fraud, the loss is not worth filing a lawsuit, so the company can reap millions in illegal profits unimpeded. Or a manufacturer might keep a product on the market after it’s proven to be unsafe, thinking the worst case scenario would be a few lawsuits, the cost of which the company could easily absorb. But a class action, a single suit representing every person who was harmed, allows consumers to become a corporation in their own right, amassing the strength to win just compensation.
When can a lawsuit become a class action?
In order for a suit to be certified as a class action, it must satisfy four criteria. Plaintiffs must show:
- Commonality – that the plaintiffs’ claims are substantially about the same thing
- Adequacy – that the named plaintiffs and their attorneys are able to represent the class appropriately
- Numerosity – that there are enough plaintiffs to justify a class designation
- Typicality – that the representative plaintiffs’ claims are typical of all claims within the class
Richard W. Meirowitz has extensive experience getting plaintiff groups certified as classes. I have prevailed, either through trial in state and federal court or via settlement, to obtain money damages and/or injunctive relief for my clients.
Have you received notice of a class action to which you may be a party?
Perhaps you have seen or heard a published notice that the pharmaceutical company that manufactured a prescription you used is facing a class action. Class actions are generally held on an “opt out” basis, meaning the action is ready to go forward, with you if you do nothing, or without you if you remove yourself. If you do not act, you will be bound by the judgment in that case. If you opt out, you retain your right to pursue compensation on your own, but may face severe difficulties. You have the right to know whether your interests will be adequately represented by the case at hand and its attorney or whether you’d be better off opting out. As an experienced class action attorney, I can advise you on the best course of action.
Contact an established New York class action attorney
To schedule a consultation to determine if your legal dispute could possibly be certified as a class action, contact Richard W. Meirowitz at 877-652-7585 or contact me online. My office is located in West Babylon, New York.