Representative Class Action
Commonly referred to as a ‘Class Action’, a representative action involves 7 or more people, each with the same or similar disputes against the same individual or company.
It is an action that can only be run through the Federal Court of Australia and must be in accordance with the Federal Court Rules. There is no limit as to the size of the action, or the members therein. To date, the largest class action recorded was in the USA with 1.6 million members, all women, regarding a sexually discriminating clause in the workplace.
There are both positives and negatives of a representative action, in that individual costs are minimal and the strength in numbers can provide a much greater chance of success, but at the same time proceedings can be extremely lengthy and complex, with a number of directives that must be adhered to.
If you think you may have a potential representative class action, it’s vital that you contact the commercial litigation lawyers at Attwood Marshall for further information and advice. We will ensure all directives are followed and complications are minimised, and our specialised knowledge and experience in class actions will give you the best chance of a case in your favour.