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Written by attorney Timothy L. Miles
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What is a Lead Plaintiff in a Class Action Lawsuit?

The Lead Plaintiff in a class action lawsuit is the named party(s) and is officially appointed by the court at the time the lawsuit is certified as a class action. The Lead Plaintiff owes a fiduciary duty to the class and must be capable of representing the interests of all the class members.

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Timothy L. Miles has dedicated his career to representing shareholders in complex class-action litigation. Whether serving as lead, co-lead, or liaison counsel, Mr. Miles has helped recover hundreds of millions of dollars for defrauded investors, shaped precedent-setting decisions, and delivered real corporate governance reforms. Mr. Miles focuses his practice on securities fraud class actions, shareholder derivative actions, and corporate mergers and acquisitions class actions.

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