Class action rebates or lawsuits are like claims, a compensation for a product that never lived up to its promise, claims or advertising. It’s tagged as a class action because most of these cases are done through a collective effort of many people in order to file a case against a company. Not all will be successful, but also not all cases are unsuccessful as well. It’s case by case basis and will solely be up to the court if the claim has substance, valid or not.
The thought is that, a class action are for people with the same bad experience on a certain product (mostly small and cheap items like pen, cup holder, copper rings, nuts, bolts and many more) and band together to file a lawsuit that can’t be possibly pulled off by just one person because of the fees that will incur during a trial. The more people that will band together, the better chance that this lawsuit will be valid and be substantial and of course this is only and exclusively in the US.
What is it exactly? The definition is that, anyone can file this case, as long as they experienced the inconvenience and the defect first hand. Even if they never actually bought the item, as long as they are the user, they can file the case. Regardless if you just found the item in perfect condition, given to you as a gift or you bought it yourself as long as you are the user that experienced the malfunction, the inconvenience, regardless if you still have the receipt or not, you have every right to file a class action.
You don’t need to testify: Basically, a class action case isn’t something that will require any person to be in the court to testify, all the complainant has to do is state in facts their experience about the product and how it made them feel. It wouldn’t make sense for the court to summon everyone because there are a lot of people involved in it and they would just mostly base on the facts to get to the truth and give their verdict.
The claimed amount: If the result will be in favor of the claimants, the amount to be claimed will solely be ruled by the court. The court can either give what you the people stated on their claim or arrange a different amount that can either be higher or lower than the stated claim. Some claims might not be much, but at least the people got compensated, the company that got filed against will change their ways, products will be better and there will no longer be any inconvenience as far as consumers are concerned.
If your car broke down even if it was brand new, you pen didn’t write even if you just bought it, your phone died on you even if you just bought it yesterday and it all happened at the same time are a good scenario for a person having a really bad day. Those things can actually be grounds for a class action. Any person can file a class action lawsuit in the US and there is no limit to how many one people can file. So if you got all these bad things that happened to you in one day, aside from making a good book or movie out of it, you can also find various individuals like you that share the same experience on the same product and claim what is due to you and make that perfectly disastrous day into something that will benefit you.