A class action often starts when an individual has been harmed by a product or the wrongdoing of a large corporation. When that individual has claims that are representative of a larger group of people, a class action can be certified and the individual who filed the lawsuit is often named as the lead plaintiff.
Who Can Be a Class Action Lead Plaintiff?
Any class action member can be named as a lead plaintiff, but it is essential that the lead plaintiff's claims and injuries are representative of the class action members. It is also important that a lead plaintiff is prepared to put forth a significant amount of time and effort for a case.
Although not required, often the best lead plaintiff is the individual who has the greatest financial interest in the class action or has experienced the greatest damage.
Duties of a lead plaintiff include:
• Attending pretrial conferences
• Representing the interests of the entire class
• Working with the class action attorneys to direct the progress of the class action
• Preparing for and attending court dates and conferences
The active role that the lead plaintiff plays in a class action is often compensated through an "incentive award."
Speak With an Experienced Class Action Attorney
The attorneys at Humphrey, Farrington & McClain, P.C., are experienced in handing complex class action cases from their Independence, Missouri, offices. The lawyers at Humphrey Farrington have represented clients in a variety of class action lawsuits in Missouri and across the country.
If you are considering filing a case that may result in a class action, call 888-353-0491 or contact our firm online to arrange your free initial consultation.
More Information About Class Actions:
• Frequently Asked Questions About Class Actions
• The Role of Lead or Named Plaintiff in a Class Action
• Procedures in Securities Class Action Lawsuits
• Have Others Experienced the Same Side Effects as I Have?
• Why Should I Join a Class Action Lawsuit?