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Class Action/MDL

WHAT ARE CLASS ACTION/MDL CASES?

From class-action, defective products, and consumer fraud cases to corporate litigation, healthcare fraud, and whistleblower actions, we represent clients in a wide variety of complex litigation matters.

Complex litigation often involves big businesses, multiple parties, experts, complicated legal analysis, multi-jurisdictional matters, and high-dollar damages. At Mickelsen Dalton, we have the experience and resources necessary to advocate vigorously on behalf of clients in challenging and complex cases, regardless of the size of our opponents.

We do not back down, even when faced with strong opposition from billion-dollar businesses and insurers.

If you need help from an experienced legal team for complex litigation, we invite you to call our office to schedule a free case evaluation.

Overview

Trial Lawyers for High-Stakes Litigation

Complex litigation encompasses challenging, high-profile civil lawsuits often involving numerous parties, multiple jurisdictions, complex legal and factual matters, expert witnesses, teams of attorneys, high damages, and complicated discovery matters. Because these issues typically involve large amounts of money, big businesses and insurers put forward strong opposition. Consequently, complex litigation typically requires extensive time, resources, and dedication to bring closure to victims.

At Mickelsen Dalton, we are bold, relentless trial lawyers with years of experience in successfully representing clients in complex matters. We are available to represent clients in a wide range of complex litigation, including matters involving:

  • Catastrophic injuries that may involve a number of defendants and jurisdictions, such as those resulting from a defective product
  • Class actions, such as those involving defective drugs and medical devices
  • Class actions involving consumer fraud
  • Whistleblower matters, including Qui Tam actions brought under the federal
  • False Claims Act for matters involving fraud against the US government, such as Medicare fraud and fraud committed by government contractors
  • Other corporate fraud

We have the experience and means necessary to take on the most complex litigation and large companies to get results.

We are committed to holding those who cause harm due to negligence or intentional misconduct accountable. As experienced complex litigation lawyers, we do not hesitate to take on the toughest cases and the most prominent companies. Call our office to schedule a free consultation to learn about your legal options.

How Much Does a Complex Litigation Lawyer Cost?

Complex litigation typically entails conducting extensive investigations, hiring experts, and spending countless hours building a compelling case for full compensation. Handling these types of matters requires significant financial resources.

At Mickelsen Dalton, we typically represent plaintiffs (including those who have been injured and those filing whistleblowing actions) on a contingency basis, meaning we do not receive a fee unless we successfully recover compensation for our clients. Further, we advance the litigation expenses needed to build a comprehensive and robust case. Therefore, our clients do not have to pay out-of-pocket for up-front expenses for our representation.

How Can A Complex Litigation Attorney Help Me?

We represent clients from all walks of life, including consumers, businesses, entrepreneurs, and municipalities. Regardless of the type of client, they all have one aspect in common —they have been harmed by a large corporation or business entity or have become aware of corporate fraud and have turned to our firm for bold, tenacious representation.

We have a reputation for persevering amid the most difficult circumstances, fierce opposition, and in the face of adversity. When a client hires our firm, we leave no stone unturned in seeking to hold all responsible parties accountable and have maximum compensation.

What is a Class Action Lawsuit?

When many people (hundreds or thousands in some cases) are negatively impacted by the same negligent or harmful action by the same business, those individuals may be entitled to form a “class” of plaintiffs in a single lawsuit (referred to as a class action). Generally, to qualify as a class action, a suit must:

  • Have so many potential claimants that it is impracticable to join them in one lawsuit with separate legal counsel;
  • Involve the same problem or wrongdoing (i.e., the same question of law or fact);
  • Involve the same claims and defenses; and
  • Provide fair and adequate protection for every member of the class.

How Does a Class Action Lawsuit Work?

Class action lawsuits typically arise over unfair business practices, defective products (such as a defective tire or medical implant), and fraud. Once a class action is filed, the parties and court will identify all individuals who may be included in the class and send a notification containing details regarding the lawsuit.

If an individual receives a Notice of Class Action Lawsuit, there is usually nothing further that needs to be done by the individual (unless the individual wishes to opt-out), as the individual has already been identified as part of the class. If a settlement is negotiated, a Notice of Settlement of a Class Action will be sent to all class members, and the individual will be entitled to a portion of the relief granted.

Does a “Named Plaintiff” in a Successful Class Action Lawsuit Make More Money than Other Plaintiffs?

Typically, yes.

In every class action case, there are one or more named plaintiffs that legally bring a lawsuit on behalf of their damages. The lawsuit caption thus might read something like “John Smith and Jane Smith and others similarly situated v. ABC Company”. While there might be tens of thousands of plaintiffs in the class-action suit, John Smith and Jane Smith will be the named plaintiffs. As such, they will likely be a little more involved in the lawsuit than other unnamed plaintiffs, and thus they may be entitled to somewhat higher compensation.

What Does Opting Out of a Class Action Mean?

When a person receives a Notice of Class Action Lawsuit, they have the legal right to ask the court to exclude them from the class (i.e., opt-out). Opting out of a class action means that the individual will not participate in any settlement or be subject to any class resolutions.

So, why might someone what to opt out? In some cases, it can be advantageous to opt out of a class action. For example, if a case is dismissed, the individual would be entitled to file a separate lawsuit against a company, whereas the class members may be barred from doing so. An individual may also want to opt-out of the class if they have damages that are much more severe than the average class member.

Schedule a Free Complex Litigation Case Evaluation – You Will Pay No Fee Unless You Recover!

We are available to represent whistleblower and class action plaintiffs in a wide number of jurisdictions across the country. We always anticipate a hard-fought battle; thus, we prepare for trial from the outset, dedicating our time and resources to building the strongest case possible.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by a defective product, business, financial institution, or healthcare practice, contact Mickelsen Dalton to schedule a complimentary case evaluation. We can help you seek justice and fight for your rights through every step of the process.

You will pay no fees unless we are successful in recovering compensation, and we advance all litigation expenses while a case is ongoing.

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