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South Carolina Class Action Lawsuit Attorneys

Assisting consumers in class action lawsuits

When you invest in a product or service, you expect to get what you paid for, and you do not expect to be charged more than agreed or for something you did not get. When you get less than you paid for or are charged more than agreed, you feel cheated. When you realize you are part of a large group of people who all had the same experience, you want justice on behalf of everyone who has suffered. The South Carolina class action attorneys at McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC understand your frustrations, and they will help you make the best decisions possible in your potential class action lawsuit.

What is a class action lawsuit?

Class action lawsuits permit one or more persons to sue as representatives of a large group of people (known as “the class”) interested in the same matter or issue. Class actions are a powerful tool for redressing systematic civil wrongs, including consumer fraud and corporate misconduct. Because class claims typically involve financial losses that are too small to bring as individual cases, the class action lawsuit is a significant tool that allows such claims to be aggregated and for the class representatives to pursue relief for all class members. The efficiencies achieved from this aggregation of claims often levels the playing field when litigating against defendants with vastly superior resources.

Types of class action lawsuits

There are various types of class action lawsuits that can be brought in state or federal court to provide legal redress to consumers and injured parties. Among the most common are consumer protection class actions against lenders, businesses, and insurance companies for engaging in an unlawful business practice, breaching a warranty, or committing a fraud against large numbers of consumers.

Large-scale consumer protection class actions are typically complex and likely to involve mountains of documents, dozens of witnesses, experts, consultants, volumes of state and federal legislation, and challenging or novel legal issues. They are not ordinary cases in any respect.

Corporations and industries pay lobbyists to convince Congress to pass legislation that benefits them. As a result, corporate interests and lobbyists have chipped away at laws and regulations protecting consumers. In order to put more power in the hands of consumers against corporate giants, McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC represents clients in cases where malfeasance on the part of companies results in injury or harm, including in cases involving:

  • False advertising
  • Predatory lending practices
  • Bad faith insurance practices
  • Violation of anti-trust laws
  • Violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
  • Deceptive practices on the part of lenders or mortgage companies

The consumer class action as David versus Goliath

When a consumer is cheated out of $10, the loss may not seem significant. But when a business cheats one million customers out of $10, the business has caused $10 million in harm. A class action allows a single consumer to pursue the $10 million on behalf of all the other consumers. In most instances, the defendant business will have incredible resources at its disposal. You will need an attorney who has the experience to handle such complex litigation and who has the resources to stand up against a well-funded business. Put another way, if you are David and the business is Goliath, your attorney is the slingshot.

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A South Carolina firm handling complex class action lawsuits

The attorneys at McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC have experience representing clients in class action lawsuits. We are dedicated, driven, and committed to delivering results. To schedule a free consultation, please call 803-327-7800, or fill out our contact form from any device. McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC proudly serves people throughout the state, from offices in Columbia, Rock Hill, Sumter, Georgetown, Charleston, and Greenville.

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