Orlando Class Action Lawsuits
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Class action attorneys in Orlando pursue cases on the behalf of a group of victims who were wronged in a similar fashion by the same company or companies. This unique area of business laws is the most efficient way of obtaining justice for as many victims as possible while increasing the likelihood that the offending company or companies will cease the improper conduct that caused the lawsuit. In other words, a lawsuit stemming from a united stand on the part of an existing group of victims that causes a business to change its conduct, policies or actions for the future.
What are Business Torts?
In personal injury lawsuits, the case is pursued as a civil action and does not intend to prove the guilt of a defendant or whether or not a crime was committed. Attorneys and legal entities refer to these civil actions as “Torts”. In broad terms, a tort is a civil wrong, other than a breach of contract, for which the judicial system or court is used to provide a remedy in the form of a required action for damages. Basically, all personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits (such as medical malpractice, product liability, defamation, wrongs involving tangible or intangible property, unfair competition, etc.) are litigated as a tort.
“Business Torts” can represent a broad range of wrongs against an individual, business or group by another business entity or group of businesses. A tort is comprised of four basic elements that must be present before a court can order a remedy:
- Duty – A duty is a legally enforceable obligation to conform to a particular standard of conduct. For example, in a strict liability case, there is a duty to prevent foreseeable injury by doing what a reasonable man of ordinary prudence would have done.
- Breach of Duty – The defendant must have breached that duty.
- Causation – The breach of duty must have been the cause of personal injury to a victim although it does not have to be direct and may have resulted from a sequence of events.
- Injury – There must a physical, emotional or financial injury that resulted from a breach of duty.
Torts cover a defendant’s actions that were accidental such as negligence in a car accident case as well as wrongs where the defendant intended to hurt an individual, group or business. However, there are a few important torts where liability is imposed without finding fault such as cases involving product liability, dangerous activities or the keeping of exotic animals.
Class Action Attorneys Orlando Law Firm
Harrell & Harrell are one of the few law firms in the state of Florida that accepts commercial litigation on a contingency fee basis. Some of examples of the areas of law where we represent clients for business torts include:
The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act
RICO is used to prosecute civil cases against persons or business entities that are engaged in a pattern of criminal activity. Class action attorneys seek monetary compensation for the reparation of damages.
Officer and Director Liability
Many companies carry Directors & Officers Liability Insurance coverage to financially protect the business from improper acts where individuals holding these positions are accountable.
Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act
FDUTPA protects individuals and businesses who are damaged by misleading or false advertising and seeks to stop the source so others don’t fall prey in the future.
These cases are usually litigated in conjunction with the government against companies engaged in schemes to defraud the government.
Employment laws address disputes involving labor laws, age discrimination and sexual harassment charges as well as other issues regulated by the Fair Labor Standards Act.
For experienced legal representation in a civil action lawsuit, contact the Law Office of Harrell & Harrell, P.A. toll-free at 1-800-251-1111 to speak directly with a member of our legal team. Our class action attorneys in Orlando have the experience to successfully build a case against an offending company or companies when a business tort needs to be litigated. Don’t settle for less than you deserve.