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Factors to Consider in Deciding Whether to Join a Class Action Lawsuit

Question: What factors should I consider before deciding whether to become part of a class action lawsuit? Answer: Some of the common advantages of class action lawsuits are lower litigation costs, greater uniformity of recoveries among plaintiffs, and the opportunity for all plaintiffs to receive damages. Common disadvantages include the lack of individual decision-making control, and relief that is exclusively financial in nature. Also, if the class is unsuccessful in its lawsuit, then individual class members likely will not have the right to bring individual lawsuits at a later date. For more information about Illinois law, visit If you have a legal question, send it to