"Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice."
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

What are the costs, expenses, and fees for a class action?

Costs and expenses of a lawsuit in the United States are usually advanced by the law firms prosecuting on behalf of the class, but in New York State the lead plaintiff must agree to be ultimately liable for a pro rata share of any costs and expenses distributed among the class members. Costs and expenses may include photocopy costs, court filing fees, legal research expenses, postage, expert consultants, and other items. Fees may include compensation for work performed by lawyers, paralegals, secretaries, and/or other assistance that may be required.

RJ Gaudet & Associates LLC works on class actions on a contingency fee or conditional fee basis, depending in part on the ethical rules of the jurisdiction where the client resides or where the case may be filed. Working on a U.S. class action for a contingency fee means that RJ Gaudet & Associates LLC will ask the U.S. court to grant reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses, costs, and attorney’s fees if the firm is successful in the litigation.

If RJ Gaudet & Associates LLC works with a Dutch client or Dutch lawyers to represent a client in a case filed in the U.S. or in the Netherlands, the firm is willing to work in accordance with the ethical rules of the Dutch Bar Association which requires the firm to bill a minimal hourly rate for overhead expenses, e.g., 100 euros per hour, and accept a conditional fee (e.g., 2 to 4 times the ordinary hourly rate) in the event of success.