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Combating Class Settlement Objectors: New Rule 23 Amendments, Key Preventive Measures and Tactics

Minimizing and Defending Against Challenges by Professional Objectors, Government Officials, and Public Interest Groups

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

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Conducted on Wednesday, June 19, 2019

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This CLE course will provide class counsel with an examination of trends in settlement objections including the amendments to Rule 23 as they relate to objectors and outline best practices for both plaintiff and defense counsel to protect proposed class action settlements.


Objections by outside attorneys, government officials, and public interest groups can jeopardize or delay class action settlements. Both sides can face problematic objections from "professional objectors" who appear to be motivated solely to extract part of the fee or take over as class counsel.

The government usually aims official objections at coupon settlements and settlement release language intended to bind state officials. Public interest group objections have varied purposes and political agendas. Coupon settlements and cy pres provisions are prime targets. A party to a class action can also object to a proposed settlement. One federal court of appeals' chief judge objected to a proposed settlement in a class action alleging defects in a product he owned himself.

Both plaintiff and defense counsel may take advantage of several key measures and tactics to deflect and protect proposed settlements from non-class counsel objectors and government and public interest objections.

Listen as our experienced panel of class action attorneys reviews trends and case law developments in settlement objections from non-class attorney objectors and government or private interest objectors and outlines the amendments to Rule 23 relating to objectors. The panel will provide best practices for plaintiff and defense counsel to minimize and overcome challenges from objectors.



  1. Professional objectors
  2. Government official objections
  3. Public interest group objections
  4. New amendments to Rule 23
  5. Best practices for minimizing and overcoming challenges to class action settlements


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What tactics can defense and plaintiff class counsel employ to discourage the filing of objections by professional objectors?
  • What are the most common objections made by government officials?
  • Which are the most common public interest class action settlement objectors and what are their motivations and agenda?
  • How can counsel--both defense and plaintiff--be proactive in protecting their proposed settlement?
  • How will the amendments to Rule 23 change the treatment of class action settlement objectors?


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

Daly, Michael
Michael P. Daly

Drinker Biddle & Reath

Mr. Daly has spent nearly twenty years defending, counseling, and advocating for clients that interact with consumers....  |  Read More

Trask, Andrew
Andrew J. Trask

Senior Counsel
Shook Hardy & Bacon

Mr. Trask focuses his practice on class action and complex litigation in various industries, including the automotive...  |  Read More

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