Rule 68 offers of judgment have been controversial in class action practice for quite some time. Proponents of the tactic believe that it offers a valuable means of limiting frivolous lawsuits: where there are really only a few affected claimants, an offer of judgment can force them to face up to the costs of meritless

Today’s case is a perfect illustration of the difference between tactics and strategy, or, more accurately, between litigation strategy and litigation grand strategy. As you may remember, a tactic is a plan to accomplish a specific short-term goal within a larger conflict. (A defendant may have the strategy of defeating certification to minimize litigation

 Depositions are one of the most important parts of class discovery. (And for many lawyers, they’re also the most fun.) Since so few class actions go to trial, a deposition of a named plaintiff is when the defense lawyer finally gets to act like a lawyer on TV, confronting the named plaintiff with evidence

 In the world of class actions, case brought under the Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA) stand apart from other class actions. Unlike a standard Rule 23 class action, the plaintiff in an FLSA action has the option of filing a class action under Rule 23, a collective action under the FLSA, or both.

Class actions don’t necessarily look like emotional contests from afar, but they can be. Plaintiffs’ counsel is risking work and capital with no certain return on their investment. The defendant has been placed in high-stakes litigation based on what appear (to it) to be baseless allegations. As a result, it can be hard for each side not to