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class action

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noun
  1. a legal proceeding in which persons representing interests common to a large group participate as representatives of the group or class.
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Origin of class action

First recorded in 1950–55
Related formsclass-ac·tion [klas-ak-shuh n, klahs-] /ˈklæsˈæk ʃən, ˈklɑs-/, adjective
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class action

noun
  1. US law a legal action undertaken by one or more people representing the interests of a large group of people with the same grievance
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