representative claim

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A claim brought under Part 19 of the Civil Procedure Rules by or against one or more persons as representative(s) of a larger group. All the persons represented must have the same interest in the proceedings, and therefore a representative claim cannot generally be brought if each member of the group has a separate claim for damages. Under the Civil Procedure Rules judgment in a representative claim is binding upon all the persons represented in the claim. Compare derivative claim; group litigation.

Subjects: Law.

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