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At Saltz Mongeluzzi Bendesky P.C., our Illinois class action attorneys are skilled, experienced, and tenacious advocates for our clients. We handle the full range of class action lawsuits. With a history of eight and nine-figure settlements and verdicts, our law firm knows how to get results. Are you considering filing or joining a class action lawsuit? We are here as a legal resource. For a no-cost, no-obligation consultation with a top Illinois class action litigation lawyer, please contact us today.

An Overview of Class Action Lawsuits We Handle in Illinois

Class action litigation is complicated. Navigating a class action claim in Illinois—whether you are a consumer, employee, whistleblower, or person who has had your civil rights violated—is never easy. At Saltz Mongeluzzi Bendesky P.C., we take on the full range of class action cases. We offer more than just legal representation; we offer a partnership that puts your interests first. Class action lawsuits that we handle in Illinois include:

Consumer Protection: Many class action claims are filed by groups of affected consumers. We take on all types of consumer class actions in Illinois—from deceptive business practices to fraudulent schemes.

False Advertising: In a marketplace filled with misinformation, we take on businesses that mislead customers through false advertising, seeking just compensation for those deceived. Our Illinois class action lawyers can help you navigate a false advertising lawsuit.

Whistleblower Rights: Acting as a beacon of hope for those brave enough to expose organizational misconduct, our Illinois class action litigation attorneys are committed to safeguarding whistleblowers and ensuring that justice prevails.

Product Liability: A significant number of product liability cases are handled as class action claims. When products fail or cause harm, our Illinois attorneys rise to the challenge. We are relentless in pursuing justice and holding manufacturers and other companies accountable.

Wage and Hour: We are champions of employee rights, fighting tirelessly for fair wages, proper working conditions, and adequate compensation for our clients. Contact our Illinois wage and hour attorneys today for help with a wage and hour claim.

Civil Rights: Your civil rights matter. Our legal team represents those whose rights have been violated, seeking redress and working to restore dignity and equality. To set up a free, confidential consultation, contact our Illinois civil rights class action attorneys today.

Antitrust: With an appreciation for the importance of fair competition, we have the skills and experience to take on the improper monopolistic behaviors and anti-competitive behavior of large businesses that operate in Illinois.

Know the Prerequisites to File a Class Action in Illinois

A class action lawsuit will only be allowed to move forward in Illinois if it meets all of the legal prerequisites that are established by 735 ILCS 5/ Code of Civil Procedure. Here are the four key things that a prospective representative must prove to get class action certification in Illinois: 

  1. The number of class members is so numerous that it would not be practical for all of them to pursue separate, individual claims;
  2. There are common issues of fact and common questions of law that unite class members and allow them to serve as a group;
  3. The representative party (or parties) is willing and able to fairly represent the best interests of all class members; and
  4. The court deems class action litigation the appropriate method to resolve the case.

Understanding Your Rights as a Class Member in Illinois

Class members—and potential class members—have important legal rights in Illinois. Here are key things that you should understand about your rights as you enter the class action claims process:

Notification Rights: Members must receive adequate notice about the lawsuit, including the claims, class definition, and their options to participate or exclude themselves.

Opt-Out Rights: If members decide they prefer to handle their claims individually, they have the right to opt out of the class action and pursue a separate lawsuit.

Fair Representation: All class members are entitled to fair representation by the class counsel, ensuring that their individual interests align with the overall interests of the class.

Objection Rights: Members have the ability to object to proposed settlements or attorney fees—thereby providing them with a true voice in the process.

Settlement/Judgment Rights: Upon a successful resolution, members have the right to share in the settlement or judgment.

Class Action Litigation in Illinois:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How Do I Figure Out If I Can Join a Class Action in Illinois?

In Illinois, figuring out if you can join a class action requires identifying whether you are part of the affected group described in the lawsuit. Typically, potential class members receive notice through mail, email, or published advertisements. The notice will contain details about the lawsuit and instructions on joining. If you believe you qualify but have not received a notice, consult with a lawyer.

Do I Have to Be in the Class Action Lawsuit?

No. Generally speaking, you do not have to be in a class action lawsuit in Illinois even if you are eligible to participate. Most often, class members will have the opportunity to “opt-out” of the class action claim. They may retain the right to file a lawsuit on an individual basis if they do so. Do not opt-out without consulting with an experienced Illinois class action litigation lawyer.

How are Settlement Funds Distributed in a Class Action Lawsuit in Illinois?

If a class action lawsuit results in a settlement or judgment in Illinois, the funds are distributed among the eligible class members. The distribution method varies depending on the case’s specific circumstances and must be approved by an Illinois court. Class members may need to submit a claim form to receive their portion of the settlement.

What are the Legal Fees for a Class Action Lawsuit in Illinois?

It depends on the case. That being said, the large majority of class action lawsuits in Illinois are handled on a contingency basis. In effect, this means that the attorney’s fees are a percentage of the settlement or judgment. You will not have to pay upfront out-of-pocket fees. Further, an Illinois court will be required to approve any fees to ensure that they are reasonable.

Why Trust the Illinois Class Action Litigation Attorneys at Saltz Mongeluzzi Bendesky

Considering a class action lawsuit? It is normal to have a lot of questions. You need a skilled advocate on your side. At Saltz Mongeluzzi Bendesky P.C., we have a strong reputation, proven experience, and a track record of successful case results. When you reach out to our law firm, you will be able to connect with an Illinois class action litigation lawyer who can:

  • Hear your story and answer questions about your class action rights;
  • Thoroughly investigate the case, gathering the evidence you need to proceed;
  • Advocate for your interests in any settlement negotiations with defendants/insurers; and
  • Develop a comprehensive strategy to help you get the best outcome in your class action case.


Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Illinois Class Action Lawyer Today

At Saltz Mongeluzzi Bendesky P.C., our Illinois class action lawyers are experienced, reliable, and sophisticated advocates for clients. If you have any specific questions about a class action litigation claim, we are here to help. Contact our legal team today to arrange your free, fully confidential consultation. We provide class action litigation representation throughout all of Illinois, including in Chicago, Schaumburg, Naperville, Joliet, Rockford, Springfield, Elgin, Peoria, and Champaign.