Welcome to our newest blog, Class Action Settlements and Mediation! The purpose of this blog is to provide information about developments in the law of class action settlements, as well as practical tips for lawyers and parties mediating class actions and negotiating class action settlements. As many lawyers know, settling a class action is far more complex than settling a single-plaintiff lawsuit, and I hope that this site will become a useful resource for both plaintiffs’ and defendants’ attorneys undertaking that monumental task.
To kick it off, I have decided to link to a few posts from our website and our First Class Defense blog that offer guidance and legal updates relevant to class action settlements. If you find these links useful, you may also want to read my white paper on class action mediation, which you can find in the right-hand panel of this blog’s home page. Soon, I will be posting original material on the topics of class action settlements and mediation.
Here is the first link, which will take you to a paper I delivered at an ACI conference in 2015 discussing the class action settlement process and why it can take so long to get from the MOU to final approval. Although that post was written for a defense audience, its content should be useful for anyone involved in class action settlements.
The second link will take you to a more recent post that discusses the December 2018 amendments to Fed. R. Civ. P. 23, including the portions of the rule governing class action settlements. That post’s discussion of some of the changes to Rule 23, particularly concerning “preliminary approval” and objectors, serve as important updates to the 2015 class action settlement article.
The third link will take you to an even more recent blog post, providing a checklist for lawyers preparing class action settlement agreements.
And finally, the fourth link will take you to my most recent blog post, concerning how a recent Southern District of Florida decision demonstrates the importance of clarity in class action settlements.
We will announce future updates to this blog on social media, including LinkedIn and Twitter. Please stay tuned!