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class action

n.
A lawsuit brought by one or more plaintiffs on behalf of a large group of others who have a common legal claim.

class′-ac′tion adj.

class action

n
(Law) law US a legal action undertaken by one or more people representing the interests of a large group of people with the same grievance

class′ ac′tion


n.
a legal proceeding brought by one or more persons representing the interests of a large group of persons.
[1950]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.class action - a lawsuit brought by a representative member of a large group of people on behalf of all members of the group
causa, lawsuit, suit, case, cause - a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy; "the family brought suit against the landlord"
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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