How Long Does it Take to Settle a Class Action Lawsuit?

How Long Does it Take to Settle a Class Action Lawsuit?

Posted By Maher Law Firm || 30-Nov-2017

Each class action is different. While some are resolved in months, other can take several years.In general, the majority of class action lawsuits take between two and three years to resolve. Some can take even longer if a court ruling is appeared. Even in the simplest cases, there are numerous formal states they must go through. Below is an example of what a potential class action could look like:

  1. Original complaint is filed
  2. Plaintiffs petition court to certify case as a class action lawsuit
  3. Certification order is issued
  4. Eligible class members are notified
  5. Lawyers for both sides get together and share evidence, interview witnesses, and build their cases
  6. Settlement negotiations take place, and if one is not reached, the case goes to trial
  7. If a settlement is reached, the judge provides preliminary approval of the settlement, or orders modifications to it
  8. Upon a preliminary settlement being reached, a public hearing on the settlement is held, at which time class members can support or oppose it
  9. After the public hearing, the settlement is approved
  10. Class members are notified of the settlement, claims are processed, recoveries are calculated, and settlement funds are distributed

However, some companies choose to settle class actions relatively quickly because they want to stop the news of embarrassing allegations of corporate misconduct or a defective product from getting out to the media. Under ideal circumstances, the steps above can take a few years, but complexities, numerous parties, busy courts and disputes can all add time to the case.

At The Maher Law Firm, we have experience with class action lawsuits in federal and state court. Our Orlando class action attorneys can look over the details of your case to determine which type of claim you have. We have represented thousands of cases and recovered billions of dollars in damages.

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