class actions: What is a class action Class-action lawsuits allow groups of people to seek justice against a defendant who is accused of causing loss or harm to others through product liability, privacy breaches, consumer protection issues, environmental accidents, mass personal injury, institutional abuse, and labour and employment issues, according to CTV. They are usually brought by one individual on behalf of many people, with one plaintiff acting as a representative for the class. Here's how they work. Class actions are often lengthy, complex and multinational cases. It has been an effective tool for systemic change and is still used to assert minority rights, such as the protection of migrants and veterans, for instance. The concept of representative litigation dates back to medieval England but the modern class action took shape in the U.S. in the 1960s, largely to address civil rights, says Jasminka Kalajdzic, an associate professor of law and director of the Class Action Clinic at the University of Windsor. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
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