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class action

Class action lawsuits are a type of lawsuit that is brought by a single, affected individual on behalf of a large group of similarly affected individuals.

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Class actions were created by the judicial system because, frequently, the number of plaintiffs involved in a lawsuit is so numerous that it would be onerous to name and adjudicate the claims of all plaintiffs on an individual basis.

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