44 Pages Posted: 10 Feb 2020 Last revised: 9 Feb 2021
Date Written: February 8, 2021
This Essay proposes the creation of a federally run class action website and supporting administration (collectively, Classaction.gov) that would both oper-ate a comprehensive research database on class actions and assume many of the notice and claims-processing functions performed by class action claims admin-istrators today. Classaction.gov would bring long-demanded transparency to class actions and, through forces of legitimization and coordination, would sub-stantially increase the rate of consumer participation in class action settlements. It also holds the key to mitigating other problems in class action practice, such as the inefficiencies and potential abuses associated with multiforum litigation, the limited success of the Class Action Fairness Act’s notice requirement in spurring effective public oversight of class actions, and the potential for abuse inherent in cy pres settlement awards.
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