Rights and obligations
As a "class member" in a class action, you have both rights and obligations.
You have an obligation to act within the time limit either to
- opt out of the class, if you wish to do so; or
- file your claim.
As a result, you must remain informed about the progress of the class action. You will therefore know if
- the class action is authorized;
- an out-of-court settlement has been negotiated;
- a judgment has been rendered;
- the description of the class has changed and, if so, whether you are still entitled to receive compensation;
- the deadline for opting out of the class or filing a claim.
For this purpose you must read the notices to class members, for example in the registry of class actions. You can also contact the lawyer for the class, or the lawyer's website. The lawyer's contact information is contained
- in each notice to class members;
- in the overview of the class action application published in the registry of class actions or the Class Action Database.
Please note that the mission of the Class Action Assistance Fund does not include providing you with information on a class action that concerns you.
How to become a class member
If you are interested in a class action, you should check the description of the class. If you match this description, you are automatically a member of the class. This does not mean that you need to register or pay a fee to obtain your compensation or repayment.
However, if the court amends the description in its judgment, you may be excluded from the class if you no longer match the description.
If you are concerned by a class action, you have 2 main rights: to opt out of the group, and to claim compensation.
Opting out of the class
You can opt out of a class action. To find out how to do this you should consult the notice to class members published after the judgment authorizing the class action.
The notice specifies the deadline for filing a request to opt out of the class.
Please note that, if you opt out of the class, you will not be entitled to any compensation awarded if the class action succeeds.
Once the judgment has been rendered, you may be entitled to compensation or repayment. To find out how to file your claim, you should consult the notice to class members published after the judgment.
The notice specifies the deadline for filing your claim. You must also check that you still qualify as a class member.