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5 Reasons to Consult with a Settlement Administrator Before Filing for Preliminary Approval

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Engaging a settlement administrator before filing for preliminary approval of your class action settlement can be one of the best decisions you make to ensure a smooth and efficient administration process for your case.  Early consultation with an experienced claims administrator and a true, legal notice expert, can help to identify problems before they occur, provide critical insight and proven solutions, and hopefully spare return trips to court with an amended settlement agreement.  1. It won’t cost more money 2. You need realistic timelines 3. You…

On-Demand Webinar: Are You Ready for the Digital Wild Wild West?

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Rule 23 amendments, which go into effect this December, place electronic notice on par with U.S. mail and may inadvertently blow the barn doors open to a new digital Wild Wild West. While the promise of low-cost electronic notice is appealing, blind adoption of non-transparent “programmatic” media buying may contaminate and sabotage your digital notice as it can be filled with fraud, bots and placed next to offensive content. On-Demand: Rule 23 Changes, Are You Ready for the Digital Wild Wild West? During this, free CLE webinar,…

Case Study: Firearm Accessory Consumer Matter

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Heffler recently concluded the notice and administration of a Firearm Accessory Consumer Matter that presented several unique challenges. We put together a detailed case study that outlines some of the challenges we faced and the solutions we implemented to ensure class members received proper notice of the settlement while also ensuring the defendant’s brand sensitivities were managed with the highest degree of care and efficiency. In this consumer matter, Plaintiffs claimed that a certain make of the Defendant’s firearm accessory…

Cybersecurity – How Hackable is Your Password?

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If you’re like most people, you have a certain set of characters, passphrases, or memorable information that you use to cobble together a password (and most of the time this is the same password you “use for everything”). Your dog’s name, your wife’s birthday, your oldest child’s middle name, or some combination therein. This has worked for you for years, there’s no reason to change it, right? Wrong. According to a 2017 Identity Fraud Study conducted by Javelin Strategy &…

Understanding the Role of a Settlement Administrator in Class Action Lawsuits

What is a Settlement Administrator?  A class action settlement administrator is a third-party, appointed by the court, that handles the class action lawsuit claims administration process. Typically, the settlement administrator is responsible for creating and maintaining a claims website, — which includes case updates, filing instructions, and court documents when relevant — receiving and validating claims, and effectively communicating with class members. In addition, a settlement administrator should be a part of the settlement planning, including identifying methods of notice and claims…

Positive Pay vs. Reverse Positive Pay in Class Action Settlement Administration

Positive Pay vs. Reverse Positive Pay in Class Action Settlement Administration

The Pros and Cons of each and which method is recommended Contributing Authors: Edward J. Radetich, Jr., CPA, Senior Director of Heffler Claims Group, and Chris Ritchie, Senior Vice President – National Settlement Team, Huntington Bank According to a recent publication from the Federal Reserve, check fraud, which has been termed “a growth crime,” affects every financial institution, every business and every individual throughout the country, and some places cost upwards of $10 billion per year. Further, the FBI estimates that this…