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41. Why do Mr. Weldon and Mr. Bleier get to decide on what happens in the lawsuit?

The way a class action works is that one or a couple of people, called representative plaintiffs, do all the work for all the class members.

In this lawsuit, there are a few hundred class members. In a lawsuit that is not a class action, all the plaintiffs have to agree for anything to happen. It would not be possible to get all of the class members to agree on anything in a reasonable period of time. Because of this, class actions have representative plaintiffs instead.

The representative plaintiffs have to do a substantial amount of work. They meet with the lawyers, answer questions that the lawyers or other class members have, and generally make themselves available. In exchange for doing all of this work, they get to decide what happens in the lawsuit.

Posted in: Questions about the Representative Plaintiffs, Teck/Cominco Class Action FAQs

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