How does a class action work?
First, a class is defined and a representative plaintiff is chosen. Then an action is filed in the appropriate court. Next, for the claim to proceed as a class action, a court must first permit, or "certify" the case as a class action.
How does a class action become certified?
Certification is granted where the court is satisfied that:
• There is a lawful claim against a defendant.
• There is an identifiable class of affected persons.
• There is an appropriate person to represent the class members.
• The class action procedure is...