Class Actions

What is a Class Action? 

A class action is a lawsuit started by one or more individuals on behalf of a group of people who claim that they have suffered losses as a result of actions of the same individuals or organization.  Once the lawsuit has been begun, others who have been affected have the opportunity to participate.

Class Actions benefit Plaintiffs and Create Positive Change.

A class action provides individuals with a low-risk, low-cost way to recover losses in situations where it would not be economically feasible or an efficient use of court time to bring individual actions.  Class actions also have the potential to create positive behavioural change.

For example, if a credit card company had consistently overcharged interest on late accounts, the amount lost by each individual would likely be small.  Therefore, it would not make economical sense for a single individual to bring a court action, and it would not be a good use of court time for several actions to be brought in regard to the same issue.

If a class action were brought against the company, all of the individuals who had been overcharged would have the opportunity to recoup their losses.  Furthermore, they could likely do so at no cost to themselves as class action lawyers do not generally charge any fees unless the lawsuit is successful. 

Bringing a class action in this case would promote efficiency as the court could resolve hundreds of individual claims against the company through a single action.  It would also promote positive behavioural change as it would send a message to the company and other credit card companies that they cannot get away with this type of dishonesty.

Our Legal Team Helps Plaintiffs Recover Losses.

Class action lawsuits are very different from most lawsuits.  They involve processes unique to class actions and can go on for years.  As these lawsuits require specialized knowledge and are incredibly resource-intensive, very few law firms are in a position to take them on.  At Spiteri & Ursulak LLP we have a designated team of knowledgeable class action lawyers who are dedicated to performing the intense work required to succeed in class actions.

For more information on the class action lawsuits Spiteri & Ursulak LLP is currently working on, please see our Active Class Actions page.

Our Legal Team Protects Defendants faced with Class Action Lawsuits.

We at Spiteri & Ursualk LLP recognize that individuals and organizations confronted with a class action lawsuit face not only the possibility of hefty monetary consequences, but also negative publicity and stigma.  While some cases call for an intense fight, in other cases, a quick and straightforward settlement would be more appropriate. 

The lawyers at Spiteri & Ursulak LLP have the knowledge and experience necessary to advise you on the best course of action that will allow you to minimize financial losses and negative publicity.  We can assess your case, advise on an appropriate strategy and assist you in handling the case in the best possible way.  

Contact Our Ottawa and Toronto Class Action Lawyers to Discuss your Case.

If you think you may have a claim that could affect other individuals or groups, or if you or your organization are facing the prospect of a class action lawsuit being brought against you, please contact the experienced lawyers at Spiteri & Ursulak LLP at 613-563-1010 or to find out how we can help.