Consolidated Action Law and Legal Definition

Consolidated action is also called class action or representative action. It is a form of lawsuit where a large group of people collectively bring a claim to court and/or where a class of defendants is being sued. In the U.S., state cases will not be included in federal consolidated actions. Consolidated actions help to put an end to illegal gains made by big corporate entities. Commonly consolidated action lawsuits are filed on behalf of a group of people who have been in some way injured by the actions of a company.