Class members in a class action lawsuit do not normally “join” into the litigation, but decides to participate by not “opting-out.”
Very occassionally a suit may be filed as an “opt-in” class action lawsuit. In those rare cases, a claim form or request to join form may be necessary.
The notice issued to class members in the usual suit for compensatory damages will tell the class if they need to take any action to participate.
In a suit for compensatory damages, any class member who does not “opt-out” may be bound by the results of the litigation if it proceeds as a class action. If a class member wants to participate in the suit as a named party, then he should hire his own lawyer and seek to intervene (participate) in the lawsuit.
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