According to an interesting student note that will soon be published in the Stanford Law Review, the answer to both questions is “yes.” Specifically, the would-be class counsel must “protect[] the substantive legal rights of putative class members . . . from prejudice” “resulting from the actions of class counsel.”

The implications for defendants

The first step in defending a class action filed in state court is to check whether it may be removed to federal court. To some, removal may seem hopeless if the plaintiff asserts only state-law claims and the amount of potential actual damages at stake appears to be well below the $5 million amount-in-controversy threshold