Northern District

Reserve Your Spot: Industry Vets Weigh In on Early Impact of Northern District Guidelines

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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 new guidelines,…

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…

How Will the Administration of Your Class Action Settlement be Impacted by the New Northern District Guidelines?

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A question and answer session with industry veterans and Heffler Senior Directors Jim Prutsman and Ed Radetich. As most class action practitioners are aware, the Northern District of California issued new procedural guidance for class action settlements on November 1 of last year. These guidelines, which are the most detailed in any court system in the country, outline expectations for settlement administrators as well as class counsel. The guidelines standardize the settlement and administration reporting process, making it more consistent…

8 Things to Consider for your Class Action Settlement Website

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You’ve just settled a class action case and you’ve selected a settlement administrator. Now you’re gearing up for the initial phases of administration. Where do you start?     Sometimes, the case website is the only interaction a claimant will have with important case information. But what does it really take to stand up a settlement website, and what should attorneys be looking for from a settlement administrator?  There are several considerations before a website can even be created, and many steps require a…

New Guidelines Move to Make Class Action Settlement Results Transparent

New Guidelines Move to Make Class Action Settlement Results Transparent

The Northern District of California United States District Court recently released updated guidelines for class action settlements. These updates, effective immediately, outline new expectations of settlement administrators and class counsel, define appropriate cy pres awardees, make settlement results public information, and provide guidance to notice language. Failure to follow these guidelines could result in unnecessarily delayed or denied approval.  California’s Northern District is home to many class action suits, and class action procedural guidance commonly begins with guidelines from this Court. The Northern District is the first Court in the country to require this level of transparency.   Post-Distribution…