Protecting Consumer Rights

PRACTICE AREAS

Consumer Protection

“Consumer fraud poses a threat to consumers and the economy. Even the most wary and sophisticated consumers may fall victim to fraud.  In the most recent Consumer Fraud Survey, the Federal trade Commission found that 40 million U.S. adults  had been…

Food Authenticity

“All food adulteration is an attack upon norms and a violation of the public trust….The vast majority of food adulterations will go unnoticed and therefore unreported because few consumers will even realize that they have been affected by this practice…

Securities Fraud

 “In 2019 shareholders filed more than 400 securities class-action lawsuits setting a record high for filings. More than 70 cases were settled, representing in excess of 2 billion dollars in recoveries for shareholders and reconfirming the importance of class litigation…

ABOUT US

Kuzyk Class Actions is a division of Kuzyk Law, one the oldest and most respected Personal Injury law firms in the Antelope Valley. The Class Action division will build upon and further expand on Kuzyk’s long history of consumer advocacy.

Michael Braun brings to Kuzyk Law 27 years of experience representing consumers and shareholders in complex litigation. “Class action litigation is the great equalizer, giving a voice to the aggrieved who would otherwise never be able to bring injustices to light, and to vindicate their rights. As an advocate, I cannot imagine a better or more fulfilling career.”

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT?

A class action lawsuit is a procedural mechanism that allows a group of similarly situated people to prosecute a claim collectively. The class action reflects economic necessity. Despite the existence of laws protecting consumers from corporate misfeasance, the cost of seeking judicial redress on an individual bases is often outweighed by a potential recovery. A consumer with relatively small losses would quickly be consumed Read More

WHAT ARE THE FEES AND EXPENSES ASSOCIATED WITH A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT?

The fact that the lawsuit is brought on behalf of a large group of people, enables attorneys to represent the class on a continency fee basis. This means that neither the representative plaintiff nor class members have to pay for attorneys’ fees or expenses out of their pocket. Rather, Attorneys’ fees, if any, will be paid separately by Defendants or paid out of the gross sum paid by Defendants to the Class. If no monetary sum is obtained or payable Read More

WHAT IS A REPRESENTATIVE PLAINTIFF?

While the class action mechanism allows for the collective prosecution and redress of a common claim, every class action needs to be initiated by a person with standing (i.e. a person who has suffered damage from the alleged wrongful conduct) and is willing to represent not only him/herself but the entire class of similarly situated people. This person is called the representative plaintiff and leads the litigation on behalf of a class. Read More

WHAT CAN I EXPECT TO GET FROM A CLASS ACTION?

A typical class action has two goals: (1) stop the company from continuing its unfair or unlawful business practices and preventing such conduct from occurring in the future; and (2) economic damages for aggrieved class members in the form of money or repair/replacement costs. While economic compensation is important, non-monetary compensation such as the cessation of the unlawful conduct and improved business practices going forward Read More

OUR EXPERTISE

CONSUMER FRAUD

As consumers we routinely engage with business for a variety of services. While most of these interactions go as expected, there are occasions when we are faced with unlawful or unfair business practices. These can range from defective products to unfair or hidden charges. These practices are usually not unique to a particular person but one that affects all similarly situated consumers. There are numerous laws in place to protect consumers from such practices and class action lawsuits are the most efficient and effective.

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FOOD AUTHENCITY

Labels matter and none more so that on the food we eat and the vitamins and supplements we choose to consume. Labels represent the primary (and often the only) dialogue between manufacturer and the consumer about the product. It is critical therefore that the product label provides an accurate and clear understanding of what is contained in the product so that a consumer can make an informed purchasing decision. Despite the existence of comprehensive laws, many labels remain misleading and products misbranded.

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SECURITIES FRAUD

In 2019, investors filed more than 400 securities class action, nearly double the 1997–2018 average. In the wake of large scale securities frauds, class action lawsuits have once again taken center stage as the  primary vehicle for aggrieved investors seeking remuneration for their losses.  America’s mature adults control almost half of all the country’s after-tax income, a good portion of which is invested in the securities markets. As such, there is a good chance that you or someone you know has been or will be part of a securities class action.

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