Many class actions settle, and both plaintiffs’ and defense attorneys face many types of ethical issues as they settle class actions. For example, should a defendant company make an offer of judgment to a representative plaintiff to rid itself of a case? When settling a case, is a cy pres award appropriate for unclaimed funds? How do attorneys’ fees factor into settlement negotiations?
In this ethics program, led by attorneys Deborah Renner and Kimberly Kalmanson, we explore ethical issues from both sides of the “v.”
Understand offers of judgment as a means of settlement in light of recent U.S. Supreme Court cases
Identify ethical considerations involved in pre-certification communications with putative class members regarding settlement
Recognize when and how, from an ethical perspective, negotiations regarding attorneys’ fees factor into overall settlement discussions
Discuss the ethical considerations involved in creating incentive awards for class representatives
The presenters did a great job of trying to portray low damage class actions as being compatible with the concept of ethical practice of the law.
one of the best on line courses I've taken
Very well done
Could use more on ethical pitfalls to avoid and or best practices.
Excellent slides...which can be used later.
very thorough, and they presented the material well
Great program. Fabulous presenters and lots of information in an easy to follow informative presentation.
Liked the two-person panel.
I found it very informative.
This is an excellent presentation, an exemplary model for how to weave together ethical and substantive issues.