Ethical Considerations in Class Action Litigation
Part 2: Ethical Hurdles When Settling a Class Action

Recorded: Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Duration: 75 minutes

Class actions raise important ethical concerns absent from traditional lawsuits. Before properly moving forward in class action litigation, counsel must be aware of, and account for, these ethical limitations.

Join Practical Law and senior litigators from BakerHostetler for a free two-part webinar series that will address key ethical issues that arise before a putative class action is certified and crucial ethical hurdles that must be overcome to ensure successful settlement of a certified class. This webinar series is geared towards both in-house and outside attorneys and counsel may register for one or both installments. Click here to register for Part 1 of this webinar series.

Most class actions settle. However, reaching a settlement agreement for a certified class and then receiving the requisite court approval is no easy feat. In particular, there are overlapping legal and ethical issues that must be taken into account to successfully settle a class action, including:

  • Ensuring the agreement is fair, reasonable and adequate.
  • Deciding whether incentive awards to representative plaintiffs are appropriate.
  • Determining reasonable attorney's fees.
  • Avoiding questionable cy pres distributions.
  • Properly dealing with objectors.

This webinar also will address the recent and relevant potential changes to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23.

A short Q&A will follow.

Deborah H. Renner, Partner, BakerHostetler

Paul G. Karlsgodt, Partner, BakerHostetler

Guenther Karl Fanter, Partner, BakerHostetler

Jessie M. Gabriel, Partner, BakerHostetler

Sarah Heckman Yardeni, Senior Legal Editor, Practical Law Litigation

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