More Judges Are Demanding Diversity Among Class Counsel

Law360 (July 16, 2020, 10:00 PM EDT) -- While leadership rosters in class actions and multidistrict litigations have long been dominated by white male attorneys, that lack of diversity is facing more scrutiny than ever before, as federal judges increasingly ditch the rubber stamp and demand new faces at the podium.

This week U.S. District Judge James Donato in California became the latest to take this tack, on Tuesday rejecting an all-male leadership team in a consolidated class action over stock trading app Robinhood. Judge Donato sent the applicants back to the drawing board to ensure the attorneys running the litigation "reflect the diversity of the proposed national class."...

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