Institute’s class action guidelines garner kudos for clarity, usefulness

Dec 20, 2018Latest News

The Bolch Judicial Institute’s Guidelines and Best Practices Implementing 2018 Amendments to Rule 23 Class Action Settlement Provisions were lauded on the scholarly blog Jotwell for focusing on “the on-the-ground experience of administering class actions” to shed light on “the thorniest issues in class action law.”

In his review of the document, Sergio Campos, professor at the University of Miami School of Law, lauds the Guidelines for focusing on issues practitioners face with an eye toward finding solutions. “That it also speaks to important class action issues shows the importance of paying attention to the great work being done by courts and practitioners,” he writes.

The Guidelines were published by the Institute in August; a summary was published in Judicature in December. Drafted by a group of 38 plaintiffs and defense practitioners, the Guidelines were finalized after significant input from six federal and state court judges and a public comment period. The document is intended to help the bench and bar comply with the 2018 amendments to Rule 23 and adds detail to the general guidance provided in the amended rule and committee note. It is one of a series of such guidelines and best practices published by the Institute.

  • Read the Jotwell writeup here.
  • Find the full Rule 23 Guidelines and Best Practices here.
  • Find other guidelines published by the Institute here.