In re Am. Int'l Group Inc. Secs. Litig.

A new paper by Fordham law professor Howard Erichson, entitled “The Problem with Settlement Class Actions”—and a blog post about it by Andrew Trask—caught my eye.

The paper uses two recent class settlements, In re AIG and Sullivan v. DB Investments, Inc., as the springboard to discuss settlement class actions. Erichson argues that the problem with class settlements isn’t that the would-be class counsel will collude with defendants to reach a deal that sells out the rights of absent class members. Instead, he says that plaintiffs’ lawyers simply lack sufficient leverage to negotiate a fair deal because
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