Decisions: Class Quest for $70

A man who has been wronged can usually sue the fellow who did it to him. But what if a complicated legal fight is necessary to secure satisfaction, and its cost promises to be far more than the amount recovered? Sometimes in such cases, the only answer is a legal phenomenon called a class action—that is, a suit filed by the person wronged on behalf of himself and unnamed hundreds or thousands of others who can be classified with him as similarly wronged.

Class actions provide a way for the claims of many individuals to be settled at one time,...

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