My apologies for missing last Thursday’s post: life with a newborn occasionally catches up with one. Nonetheless, finishing out our July Class Action Summer Camp, today we’ll focus on Rule 23(e) and class-action settlements. The vast majority of class actions settle, but because class-action settlements implicate so many different interests (the lawyers, the defendant, the absent class members, the court), they require an additional level of approval from the court. In addition, a number of different settlement structures have evolved that class-action lawyers must learn to pay attention to.

Ten Cases to Educate You


Further Reading:

Questions to Consider:

  • What are appropriate attorneys fees for a settled class action?
  • How much deference should courts provide to objectors?
  • What indicators should courts look to in order to determine whether a classwide settlement is fair, reasonable, and adequate?