Class actions are legal cases in which several people have a common interest, usually involving some kind of harm, and one or more individuals are allowed to represent the group in a lawsuit. The perpetrator of the common harm can be a company, a government or a group of companies. Initially, class actions were used to bring about a change of practice, but in 1938, the scope of class actions was broadened in the United States to allow for monetary damages to be paid to class members.
Hartung & Schroeder offers more than 10 years of experience in the field of class actions. As lead attorney in the Lisa Kragnes v. the City of Des Moines, Brad Schroeder helped to secure one of the largest class-action verdicts in the history of Iowa. The road to victory in this case, which concerned an illegal tax charged by the city, included three trips to the Iowa Supreme Court, a writ of certiorari to the U.S. and repeated attempts by the City of Des Moines to dissolve the class.