A class action is a legal proceeding commenced by a ‘lead’ or ‘representative’ plaintiff against one or more defendants, seeking to obtain a legal remedy such as compensation. The lead plaintiff, in this case the restaurant and bar business known as 5 Districts NY, brings the claim on their own behalf and on behalf of other claimants who have claims against the defendant(s) arising from similar or related circumstances. The other claimants that are represented by the lead plaintiff in the class action are known as ‘group members’.
In a class action, the lead plaintiff’s claim is used to resolve legal and factual issues that are common to group members’ claims. This allows those common issues to be considered and resolved once in a way that will apply to the claims of all group members affected by that issue, rather than needing to be determined individually for each group member.
To find out if you are a group member in the Hotel Quarantine Class Action, please see FAQ #1 above.