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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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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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Can innovation take legal technology into the future?

The past decade has seen extraordinary change in how legal services are delivered and consumed. From my early experience as national technical editor of the first Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) to my more recent experience in the emerging legal operations profession, I’ve had a front row seat. I’ve recently taken on the role of chief innovation officer at Epiq. With approximately $1 billion in revenue last year from more than 40 countries supported by 7,000 employees, we have a unique perspective from which we can evaluate opportunities for innovation in the legal industry.

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Court Allows UPS to Use Statistical Estimates Instead of Raw Data in Discovery Request —At Least for Now

UPS’s attempt to use statistical estimates in lieu of producing actual data to meet a discovery request was approved by federal appeals court. Read on for Epiq's take on what that means for legal professionals and eDiscovery practitioners.

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