Settlement Administration 101

Resources for New Class Action Attorneys

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The class action industry is large and sometimes difficult to navigate. If you’re an attorney looking for a place to start, look no further. Heffler Claims Group has more than 50 years of industry experience to share. As a national leader in class action settlement administration, the Heffler team specializes in the notice and administration of complex legal matters and is the time-tested leader in the field. Even if you’ve been in the game for decades, these free resources are designed…

What to Know Before Attending an MDL Hearing

Several times a year, the United States Judicial Panel on multi-district Litigation meets to determine whether cases spanning several jurisdictions should be consolidated to one federal district for pretrial proceedings. But there are a lot of unknowns for people who have never attended an MDL hearing. For example, did you know that attorneys making oral arguments at the hearing are limited to just two minutes – a very hard time frame to make a valuable point in. Once the person making the argument has reached the…

[eBook] Checklists, White Papers and More Tools for Navigating the Class Action Settlement Process

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The rules, guidelines, and trends for class action settlements are always evolving to meet the needs of the industry and of class members. With new Northern District of California guidelines taking hold and amendments to Rule 23 going into effect, it’s a good time for class action attorneys to check in and see how these changes impact even the most routine steps in the settlement process. This free eBook provides several resources for attorneys entering into a class action settlement. Whether the settlement is for a small…

[On-Demand Webinar] Navigating the Class Action Settlement Process from Start to Finish

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The settlement administration process can be different for each class action matter and identifying steps along the way to create efficiencies saves valuable time and money. Whether your settlement is surrounded by a media storm or is a small wage and hour case, even the seemingly minuscule steps in the process greatly impact your overall outcome. Consulting a settlement administrator prior to crafting the settlement agreement is key to making early moves that make everything from notice to distribution smooth….

Cy Pres Trends in Class Action Settlements

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The legal doctrine of cy pres is a French term meaning “as close as possible,” referring in legal terms to the donor or plaintiff’s intentions. With roots in trust law, the doctrine allows for a gift in circumstances where the recipient no longer exists, fulfilling their wish as nearly as possible. In the class action context, the cy pres doctrine allows for the distribution of unclaimed settlement funds to charitable causes, whose causes indirectly benefit the injured class.  In 2018, the Northern District of California United States District…

Guide: How Consulting With a Settlement Administrator Early Saves Time and Money

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Consulting with a settlement administrator early in the process may shed light on potential obstacles. Prior to filing for preliminary approval, a settlement administrator can review and help with complicated steps such as the plan of allocation, class definitions and more. An experienced administrator can also help with administration and distribution processes that may seem simple but can cause headaches down the road if not carefully considered in the settlement agreement. Industry veterans and Heffler Partners Dave Kaufman and Jim Prutsman created a…