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Judicial Scrutiny of Class Action Settlements: New Standards and Ensuring Timely Release of Attorney's Fees

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Tuesday, October 9, 2018

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This CLE course will discuss recent trends in class action settlements at the preliminary approval, final approval, and this new post-final approval stage.


A recent trend in class action settlements could impact a range of cases in the employment, securities, consumer protection, and product liability spheres. In addition to increased scrutiny at the preliminary approval and final approval stages, some diligent judges are beginning to track settlements after granting final approval—adding a so-called third phase of review to ensure class members get the relief they are due.

Listen as our distinguished panel explains this new trend and discusses how judges are intervening to ensure that class action settlements are paid out in a fair and timely manner.



  1. Overview of history leading up to increased judicial scrutiny of class action settlements
  2. Discussion of actions judges are taking to track class action settlements after granting final approval
  3. Best practices for counsel to meet increased judicial scrutiny and ensure timely release of attorneys’ fees


The panel will review these and other relevant topics:

  • What are judges looking for at the preliminary approval stage?
  • What are judges asking for at the final approval stage?
  • Why are judges beginning to track class action settlements after granting final approval?
  • What steps are judges taking during this “third phase” of settlement review?
  • What impact is this trend having on the class action settlement process?
  • What steps can counsel take to ensure compliance with increased judicial scrutiny?


Ackerman, Wystan
Wystan M. Ackerman

Robinson & Cole

Mr. Ackerman chairs the firm's Class Action Team and has a national class action defense practice. He has been...  |  Read More

Francis, James
James A. Francis

Francis Mailman Soumilas

Since 1998, Mr. Francis has focused his practice in consumer protection litigation, with a particular concentration in...  |  Read More

Maatman, Gerald
Gerald L. Maatman, Jr.

Seyfarth Shaw

Mr. Maatman has a primary emphasis in his practice on defending employers sued in employment discrimination class...  |  Read More

Torrijos, Alfredo
Alfredo Torrijos

Arias Sanguinetti Wang Torrijos

Mr. Torrijos prosecutes both individual and class actions in state and federal court, focusing on complex litigation...  |  Read More

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