Understanding group litigation
It's often the case that big companies will harm a lot of people in the same way, regarding everything from investments to medicines. When that happens, group litigation lets you pool your resources and knowledge to let you take on the big boys on a level playing field.
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What is group litigation?
Group litigation is where a number of individuals with a similar or shared complaint come together to seek redress from a large business or organisation. Typically, these actions will seek compensation for things such as employment disputes, mis-sold investments, improperly administered pension funds or the side effects of imperfectly tested drugs and medications.
It's worth pointing out at this stage that while you may have heard these referred to as class actions in American courtroom dramas in the UK they're only ever referred to as group litigation.
There are many benefits to joining a group litigation action, particularly where the organisation you're seeking redress against is large and well-resourced. By joining together, you're able to share the cost and risk of starting legal action against a wealthy organisation. Just as importantly, you can share your knowledge, and choose which members of the group have the most compelling evidence. Their stories can then be used as test cases: funded by the group, but with everyone sharing in the benefits of a successful outcome.
Even if you don't meet the strict legal definition required to join a formal group litigation action, you should still call us to talk to one of our experienced group litigation solicitors. As a law firm, we've a strong belief in seeking justice for the weak against the strong and will always try to offer you the benefits of a group action, even if the technical definition isn't met. Call us on or and we'll call you.
What are the advantages of group litigation?
In group litigation, everything can be shared. Of course, that means spreading the risks and the costs. Just as importantly it means being able to share knowledge, legal advice, documentation and evidence across the whole group.
It's also worth noting that in the event of group litigation being unsuccessful, an order for costs can be made against the group. If you were on your own this could be ruinous. But if there are hundreds or even thousands of you, this risk can be substantially mitigated. There can also be enormous cost savings throughout the case, as it doesn't take any more of the court's time to fight a single test case on behalf of the group as it does for just one person.
Collective funding like this not only cuts down on cost and risk, it provides a rare opportunity for wronged individuals and families to seek justice against some of the world's biggest corporations.
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