On November 1, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California published updated procedural guidance for class action settlements (the “Guidance”). While the court made changes to align its rules with the December 1, 2018 amendments to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23, the court also sought to provide better information for parties and courts in negotiating and approving settlements. It became the first federal district court to require parties to class action settlements to publicly disclose a broad range of detailed settlement information. The following is an overview of key changes.
Lucia Nale is a litigation partner in our Chicago office, focusing on general civil litigation, with a particular emphasis on the defense of financial institutions in the consumer financial services industry.
Lucia is co-chair of the firm’s Consumer Class Action practice and frequently provides compliance advice and litigation risk analysis to industry clients. She represents a number of prominent financial institutions, including national banks, federal savings banks, state-chartered banks, mortgage lenders, investment advisors and automobile finance companies, and serves as national consumer class action defense counsel for particular clients.
On December 1, 2018, the amendments to the Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23 took effect. These amendments primarily alter rules governing federal class action notice, settlement, and appeal. The following is an overview of key changes.