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UK Companies May Face Liability for Breaches By Independent Actors

On January 12, 2017, a U.K. court rendered a decision in a class action that could affect the way U.K. courts view vicarious liability for data breaches.

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Canada Court Clarified Extent of Duties for Class Action Settlement Administrators

Settlement administrators often play a crucial role in reaching and finalizing class action settlements. These administrators can help efficiently manage settlements by ensuring precision and thoroughness. If a firm has not retained an administrator to help with a class action, there is a good chance that the court will appoint one. A court in Canada recently determined what obligations a class action settlement administrator has when evaluating an individual class member’s claim. The court concluded that the settlement agreement terms will play the biggest part in establishing an administrator’s role. 

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Five Ways to Increase Negotiation Rates in Disbursements

When sending a disbursement for a settlement in a class action, mass tort, or bankruptcy cases, parties often feel that control is now out of their hands and there is nothing more to do than wait for checks to be negotiated. However, this is not always the case. Where there is a desire for a high percentage negotiation rate in a disbursement, there are many steps that can be taken both before and after checks mail to ensure as much of the fund as possible is received by the intended recipients of the disbursement.

Filed under: class action

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Australian ruling shows practical application of ‘opt-in’ class actions

Federal courts in the U.S. favor an “opt-out” system for class action suits. While this system allows consumers with small individual claims to hold defendants accountable, it does have detractors. Critics of the “opt-out” system claim that it leads to excessively large groups of plaintiffs, who may not be interested in participating, or even be aware that they are involved. In other parts of the world, however, courts often require class members to opt in, not out.

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