What is a Class Action
A class action is a lawsuit in which, one or more plaintiffs sue one or more defendants on behalf of themselves and other similarly situated. Oftentimes the cost of litigation makes an otherwise meritorious claim not financially viable. To address this unfairness, the law created the class action rules. In a class action case, a lot of small cases can be consolidated into one single case as long as they meet certain requirements; usually related to how common the claims of the group are. A class action is the perfect mechanism to hold large corporation wrongdoers accountable. At Ayala we have filed several class actions against large corporations who in one way or another abused our clients. Learn more in our “Current Cases and Investigations” section below.
At Ayala we are passionate about protecting and representing the little guy. Consumers often feel powerless in the face of misleading promises and poor services from giant corporations. A phone company charges you an additional, previously undisclosed fee. A landlord cheats a small amount to each tenant on the Common Area Maintenance (aka CAM) fees. A large company discloses, without your permission your private data. Normally, the size of these claims would not justify the expense and attorney work required to prevail against large entities who, at the same time, have the best legal resources in the world. Thankfully, the law provides for the class action device, in which one aggrieved consumer can file a case for him/her, and on behalf of other similarly situated. Grouping cases makes them more financially viable. If you are in a situation where you feel you were wronged by a large entity and feel powerless, give us a call. We may be able to help you.
Current Cases and Investigations
- American and Allianz Lawsuit and Investigation:
We recently filed a lawsuit against American Airlines and Allianz Insurance in connection with the “travel insurance” they sell. Our lawsuit claims that when American and Allianz make the offer of insurance, they misrepresent the substance and nature of what the product actually covers, misleading consumers into massive purchase of an empty policy they never really intended to buy, while American and Allianz enrich themselves. If you have purchased travel insurance you may be able to recover your losses. Get a confidential consultation.
- American Towing Lawsuit and Investigation:
We filed a lawsuit against American Towing of Miami (American), a Miami towing company, alleging that American unlawfully forces consumers, at the moment of retrieval of vehicles, to sign a release from liability. Under Florida Statutes section 715.07(2)9, towing companies may not give “release(s) or waiver(s) of any kind which would release the person or firm towing the vehicle or vessel from liability.” Routinely, towing company make you pay and sign release papers before consumers are even allowed in the lot to inspect their vehicles. If you were towed, and you were forced to sign a release of liability by a towing company, call us, we may be able to help. Get a confidential consultation.
- Exclusive Residences Lawsuit and Investigation:
We filed a lawsuit against a Miami company that trades as “Exclusive Residences.” Our lawsuit alleges that Exclusive Residences defrauds consumers by enticing them into non-existent hyper-luxurious vacation packages, all for the purpose of getting consumers into a 4-hour plus marathonic “sales presentation” where Exclusive Residences’ agents, through deceptive tactics, induce consumers into giving their credit cards so they can swipe them for as much as it can go through. If you have been exposed to this type of “sales presentation“ or the purchase of “timeshare vacation packages,” give us a call. Get a confidential consultation.
- Mall of the Americas Lawsuit and Investigation:
We filed a lawsuit against well known Miami Mall of the Americas located in the intersection of Flagler and the Palmetto express way. Our lawsuit alleges that, when the Mall decided to enter into a lease with Costco, it effectively deprived the rest of the tenants at the Mall of 1/3 of the premises and the walking traffic of that space—critical for tenants’ sales. Our lawsuit alleges also that, after the Mall entered into a lease with Costco, it lost interest in all the other tenants south of Costco and neglected the Mall in a way that it was not habitable or attractive for shoppers. The reduction of the mall premises and the neglect of the Mall space south of Costco, caused damages to the class members in the form of lost sales and in some cases, the lost of their businesses. If you are a tenant at a Mall, and believe your landlord is failing its duties, give us a call. Get a confidential consultation.