Northern District

What Are the New Requirements for Preliminary Approval Out of the Northern District of California?

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In November 2018, the highly influential Northern District of California released additions to its comprehensive set of procedural guidelines for class action settlement administration to follow throughout the class action settlement process. The guidance provides all parties with a clear, comprehensive set of procedural standards that should be followed throughout the settlement administration process that expedite the process and avoid unnecessary obstacles, objections, and appeals. The Motion for Preliminary Approval occurs after the parties sign the final class action settlement…

Does My Class Action Case Need a Settlement Website?

The use of a settlement website has a lot to do with how you’ve built the settlement agreement. There are certainly cases that do not require an online claim form process, but in many cases a settlement website is the only interaction a claimant will have with important case information. An easy-to-access website with plain language information has the potential to drive claim rates and satisfy due process for final approval. In November 2018, the United States District Court for…

On-Demand: Early Results of Class Action Settlements Under New Northern District of California Guidelines

How do the Northern District of California’s changes to Procedural Guidance impact your class action settlement? As most class action practitioners are aware, the Northern District of California amended its new procedural guidance for class action settlements in November 2018. Many of the first cases to be subject to the new guidelines are now concluding and some have recently received final approval. During this on-demand webinar, members of our class action administration team examine early results from cases administered under…

Industry Vets Weigh In on Early Impact of Northern District Guidelines

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This live webinar has passed, and is now available for free on-demand. Reserve your spot now for the next Heffler Claims Group CLE webinar, which covers the new Northern District Guidelines for Class Action Settlements as well as early results from cases administered in the district since the guidelines went into effect late last year. Join us on Wednesday, August 21 at 12 pm EST.  As with past rules and guidelines that have originated in the Northern District of California, these most recent guidelines are likely to be adopted by others, if they haven’t already. The…

Using Technology to Satisfy Northern District Post-Distribution Reporting Requirements

As guidelines and rules in the class action space evolve, settlement administrators must evolve with them. Post-distribution accounting as per the Northern District of California Procedural Guidelines for Class Action Settlements is one of the most significant recent changes to the guidelines and requires a shift in how data is reported to class members and the Courts throughout the administration period. Within 21 days after the distribution of the settlement funds and payment of attorneys’ fees, the parties should file…

What is the Northern District of CA Procedural Guidance for Class Action Settlements?

As many class action practitioners are aware, on November 1, 2018, The Northern District of California expanded upon its already widely-accepted guidelines for class action settlements.. These guidelines represent the most detailed notes for settlement administrators in the country. The additions to the guidelines, which originated in 2014, seek to make class action settlement litigation, administration, and reporting more transparent. The Northern District of California is one of the largest and most respected courts in the country, and it is…