If you think you might a claim for a class action lawsuit in Connecticut, and need to find an attorney, contact us at Aeton Law Partners.
Aeton handles several types of class action lawsuits. Class action lawsuits involve legal claims called class actions or class action lawsuits. These claims are typically brought against larger companies for some type of injury or financial harm to a number of people that are similarly situated. In most instances, a lead plaintiff brings the case as the named plaintiff and works as a representative for many other people similarly harmed. The group of people together are called the class.
Class action lawsuits do not have costs to plaintiffs or the class members unless there is a recovery. If the class action is successful, plaintiffs or group members recover part of the settlement. Many times the lead plaintiff receives a larger part of the settlement.
Class action lawsuits can take many months or years to resolve and can be very expensive. Aeton often partners with other law firms to balance the scales against giant corporations. We work together as a team often having to fight against large legal teams working for the company defendant. Class actions help balance the fight also because we can represent many plaintiffs together even if the injury or financial loss is not large enough on its own.
Aeton has handled several types of class actions including:
- Wage claims, Unpaid Overtime
- Defective products
- Securities and Shareholder claims
- Collusion and Poaching
- Consumer claims
- Unfair trade practices
- Unfair insurance practices
Aeton is also presently evaluation several types of class action lawsuits including:
Securities and Shareholder Claims
Have you been harmed by a drop in stock price? If you lost significant money after false or fraudulent information, or because of the misconduct of officers or directors of a company, you may have a case for securities fraud. Securities fraud happens when corporations or their representatives mislead investors about the value of their securities. Corporate misconduct including misstatement of earnings, accounting manipulations, or other financial misrepresentations contributes to artificially inflate the stock price. Eventually the fraud is detected, the stock price drops and you are left holding an empty bag.
Wages and Overtime
The Fair Labor Standards Act and Connecticut Wage Act require that certain employees working more than 40 hours per week receive a pay rate that is one and half times the normal pay rate. Although the overtime laws do not apply to all employees, many employers wrongly classify or misclassify employees as exempt from the overtime laws when they are not. If you believe you may be entitled to overtime, contact Aeton for an evaluation. Aeton has brought claims against employers on behalf of a single plaintiff representing all the employees in the same situation. If you have been denied overtime pay or believe you may be entitled to overtime pay, and you may be able to bring a claim on behalf of a class of workers. Overtime claims involve lawsuits where the employer or company is required to pay time and a half for hours in excess of 40 per week.
If you have been injured by a defective product, there is a real possibility that many other people suffered the same injury. For example, hernia mesh lawsuits are product liability claims against mesh manufacturers from a large group of people who suffered injuries from failed mesh implants. Another example concerns transvaginal mesh which class members allege causes pain, bleeding, and autoimmune injuries. When a manufacturer or company puts a product out into the market and large groups of people receive injuries, you may able to file the claim as a class action lawsuit on behalf of a large group. Victims of these type of injuries may benefit from using the class based on the strength in numbers.
Unfair Trade Practices
The Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act (CUTPA) prohibits unfair competition and unfair and deceptive acts in trade or commerce. Some examples of unfair business practices in Connecticut include misrepresentation, false advertising or representation of a goods or services, deceptive pricing and hidden fees, and noncompliance with manufacturing standards. Under CUTPA, you can bring a class action on behalf of an individual and other persons similarly situated who are residents of this state or injured in this state to recover damages. A lawsuit may be filed as a class claim which means the court can determine by an order to certify a class action. In any action brought by a person under this section, the court may award, to the plaintiff, in addition to money damages, the costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees. Punitive damages are also available.
Aeton has worked with leading law firms on “No Poach” lawsuits. No-poach lawsuits seek damages against companies for agreements made between competitors not to hire or pursue each other’s employees. Such arrangements can range from informal verbal agreements to written promises to avoid contacting a competitor’s employees. The Department of Justice has started to bring select criminal charges for competitors making no poach agreements to suppress wages. Civil lawsuits may also be filed for potential violations of antitrust laws for wage fixing and no poach agreements.
How to Find an Attorney for a Class Action Lawsuit
If you think you have a claim for a class action lawsuit, call us today. We will evaluate your case at no cost to you for attorney’s fees. Aeton is selective in the cases accepted for further investigation. However, if we cannot help you directly, we may refer you to another firm handling similar claims.