Typically, in class action litigation, such as securities class actions, several law firms will file similar complaints and provide notice about the litigation in a widely circulated business publication or news wire service. The primary reason for multiple lawsuits is because different shareholders or consumers contact and retain different law firms to pursue the same matter. Generally, the separate actions will be consolidated and heard by the court as one action, with each law firm participating on behalf of their clients in a capacity to be determined by the court.