Class Action Rule Changes Target 'Professional Objectors'

By Diana Novak Jones (November 30, 2018, 9:14 PM EST) -- A long-awaited update to class action rules meant to rein in so-called professional objectors takes effect this week, and plaintiffs' firms are hopeful it will cut off a scheme by attorneys who try to profit by using objections to hold settlements hostage.

After years of discussion and votes, several changes to Rule 23 in the federal rules of civil procedure take effect Dec. 1 — marking the first time in 15 years class action procedure has been formally updated. The updates focus on the settlement approval process, class notice and objections, with objections seeing the biggest shift.

The changes are "evolutionary...

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