- A lawsuit in which all members of a group of persons who have suffered the same or similar injury join together in an action against the alleged wrongdoer. The group must be sufficiently numerous that it is impractical for them all to be before the court individually, so they are represented collectively by only a few members, or by one. All members are bound by the court's decision. Typical class actions involve a manufactured product that has injured many people or a group that has suffered discrimination by an organization.
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