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Class Actions and the Future

  • May 11, 2017

It is undeniable that technology continues to progress at a rapid pace, while employers and courts scramble to keep up with the myriad of ever-evolving issues that this creates. Part I of this white paper will address the integration of social media and class actions, with a large focus on the dissemination of notice to class members; Part II will discuss the impact that big data has on class action litigation and recommended best practices; Part III will examine the controversial Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 bill and what this would mean for class actions moving forward if passed; Part IV will discuss remote clocking in and out by employees; Part V will review the proposed changes to Fed. R. Civ. P. 23 (“Rule 23”), with a focus on the acceptability of electronic notice as a means to inform potential class members of a pending lawsuit; Part VI will summarize the top settlement trends over the past two years; and, finally, Part VII will discuss the impact that the Trump Administration could have on our court system, specifically the recent appointment of the Honorable Neil McGill Gorsuch to succeed Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court.

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