Webinar: New Amendments to Federal Rule 23: Impact on Class Action Practice

For more information contact: Kelly R. Sweeney

Event Description

This CLE webinar will discuss the changes to the federal class action rule that took effect on Dec. 1, 2018. The panel will explain the changes and address both the obvious and subtle impacts on class action practice and practitioners by the amendments to Rule 23, and will also discuss resulting new strategies for approaching class actions from both the plaintiff and defense perspectives.


Significant amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure's Rule 23, which governs class actions, have just taken effect. These changes--while admittedly not breathtaking—are the first amendments to Rule 23 in 15 years and meaningfully impact class action strategy and practice.

Reduced to their essentials, the amendments expand the means of notice to class members; set a performance standard for the information that must be submitted to the district court before the district court can give notice to the class of a proposed settlement; establish core factors the district court must consider in evaluating a request to approve a proposed settlement; address consideration offered to class action settlement objectors to withdraw an objection; and clarify that no appeal may be taken from the approval by the district court of a class action settlement.

Listen as our panel discusses the straightforward import of these rules, analyzes the subtle and nonobvious significance of the changes, and provides practical guidance for capitalizing on the new rules in litigating class actions in federal court.

Areas the panel will cover include the following:
  • What are the practical effects of the amendments?
  • How do the new rules subtly impact class action practice?
  • What are best practices for counsel to employ in light of the new rules?
  • What strategies and tactics can be deployed to benefit from the amendments?

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Wystan Ackerman - Robinson+Cole

John Barkett - Shook Hardy & Bacon




02/13/2019 1:00 PM


02/13/2019 2:30 PM