7th Circ. Ruling Should Deter Class Objector Side Deals

By Michael McTigue, Meredith Slawe and Max Kaplan (August 19, 2020, 12:31 PM EDT) -- On Aug. 6, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued an opinion addressing exploitation of the class action settlement process by individual objectors. The first sentence of U.S. Circuit Judge David F. Hamilton's opinion in Pearson v. Target Corp.[1] frames the issue: "We address here a recurring problem in class-action litigation known colloquially as 'objector blackmail.'"[2] ...

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