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In most lawsuits, one plaintiff is injured by the actions of one defendant and brings a civil suit to collect damages. In some cases, however, many people suffer similar harm as a result of the same incident or action. This is very common in cases of defective products. For instance, when a drug turns out to be dangerous, there are likely to be many individuals who have suffered similar types of harm. Rather than clog the courts with many individual lawsuits, class actions provide an opportunity for similarly situated plaintiffs to join together and make one large claim. To learn more about this area of law, refer to the various articles and answers using the links on this page.