Thousands of people in California lose their lives or get injured because of the negligent actions of other people. These accidents can result in disability, long-term mental distress, bankruptcy due to costly medical expenses, and even death. If you or a loved one was injured in an accident that was caused by the negligent actions of another party, you may be entitled to compensation.
In order to maintain and receive the benefits of a class action, a class of plaintiffs must be certified. In California, employment law cases have a high rate of classes that are certified. Code of Civil Procedure section 382 and case law govern class action litigation in California courts, while the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure govern class actions in federal courts. Under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(a), a plaintiff must establish numerosity, commonality, and typicality, as well as showing that class members will be adequately represented by the plaintiff. A plaintiff also needs to show that the lawsuit satisfies additional requirements under Rule 23(b).