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Class action

Class action, lawsuit in which 1 or more persons represents a group (class) of persons having similar claims. U.S. citizens first used class action suits to recover money in bankruptcy cases. In the 1950s and 1960s civil rights groups used class action to fight school segregation, housing or voting restrictions, and job discrimination. Since then, class actions have expanded to cases involving price fixing, environmental issues, and other social problems.

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