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According to a new research report by Western Alliance Bank’s Settlement Services group, judges, class action attorneys and claims administrators broadly agree: The 2018 amendments to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23 significantly improved the class action litigation process. These amendments will also help shape the evolution of class action litigation in the coming years.
The report — the first of its kind to gauge sentiment around the 2018 amendments — is based on a survey and focus group comprised of a combined 130 attorneys, claims administrators and judges. The research was conducted by a third-party research firm. The report also includes insights from two days of panel discussions between 12 sitting federal and state judges, attorneys, claims administrators and other professionals at the Western Alliance Bank Class Action Law Forum in March.
"This research provides policymakers and class action professionals with invaluable feedback," said Tom Loeser, Partner at Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, one of the attorneys who participated in the survey, focus group and panel discussions. "As representatives from those two groups continue to refine and evolve class action litigation, it's crucial to understand what worked in the Rule 23 changes and where more work remains to be done."