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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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9) CMA's Board of Trustees voted unanimously to allow the state physician organization to be the lead plaintiff in a class action lawsuit against the three largest for-profit health carriers in the state (Blue Cross/WellPoint, PacifiCare, and Foundation/HealthNet).
The survey also highlighted the need for significant reform of the class action lawsuit system, with 70 percent of respondents somewhat or strongly agreeing that change is needed.
DETROIT -- Class counsel announced that homeowners in Michigan today filed a class action lawsuit against Carrier Corporation, the manufacturer of Carrier and Bryant condensing furnaces (also marketed under the brand names "Day & Night" and "Payne").
Green Welling LLP, of San Francisco, California along with Siebken & Siegele of Austin, Texas and Short, Cressman & Burgess of Seattle, Washington, filed the nationwide class action lawsuit on behalf of the owners of the Nintendo Wii against Nintendo of America, Inc.
filed the first class action lawsuit on behalf of all citizens of Israel who allegedly died or were seriously injured by the pain medication Vioxx.
NASDAQ: SVNTE), a specialty pharmaceutical company dedicated to developing, manufacturing and marketing novel therapeutic products that address unmet medical needs, announced today that the plaintiffs in the Consolidated Amended Class Action lawsuit, filed on December 20, 2002 against the Company and three of its former officers, have filed a Second Amended Complaint.
In addition, the court permanently enjoined class members in the lawsuit and their successors and assigns from instituting any other actions against the Company and its former executive officers that had been or could have been asserted by the class members against the Company and its former executive officers in the federal court class action lawsuit.
Law firm Callahan, McCune & Willis, representing more than 12,000 current and former employees of Smart & Final, announced today that Smart & Final has agreed to pay $22 million in settlement of a California class action lawsuit filed in 2001.
NEW YORK -- New York City Sewer and Water Service Contractor Files Class Action Lawsuit against the City of New York for Allegedly Unlawful Environmental Control Board Fines
The Class Action Fairness Act seeks to curb abuses of the class action lawsuit system.