Class action is when a group of people (referred to as the class) with the same complaint join together to bring a lawsuit against a company or organization. Class action may apply (1) when there has been racial, gender, or other discrimination by a company; (2) when a faulty product results in injuries; (3) mass fraud or other offenses have been committed against stockholders. Asbestos and tobacco class-action claims are examples, as are the drug class-action cases against the manufacturers of Accutane, Celebrex, Ephedra, Vioxx, and Paxil. Class action attorneys can discuss the pros and cons of a class action lawsuit with you if you think one may be appropriate. Class action lawyers are usually paid on contingency, which means they receive a percentage of the money paid if you win the lawsuit or get compensation from a settlement.