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7 Reasons Companies Seek Class Action Certainty Through Risk Transfer

Companies spend billions of dollars defending class action lawsuits each year. Compared to other forms of litigation, defending a class case is exceptionally challenging because the percentage of these cases considered “bet the company” continues to rise, while the overwhelming majority still results in settlement. Compounding the complexity of these matters is the universal understanding that the company’s and class counsel’s perspectives on settlement are wholly divergent. Knowing this, companies looking for certainty should consider risk transfer as a viable strategy in class action litigation.

Viral Settlements are Unpredictable, but More Common Than You Think

Viral settlements—which are neither uncommon nor predictable—present a clear danger to the financial health of settling companies. For example, the recent Naked Juice settlement was a typical settlement involving labeling claims. Unfortunately, the media picked up on the settlement, running numerous multimedia news stories that generated a groundswell of interest which turned into a tidal wave....

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Notifying Consumers of the Settlement Isn’t the “Easy Part”

A common misconception of class action settlements is that notifying consumers of the settlement is the “easy part,” when in fact, it is one of the hardest things to get right. Alerting the correct class members while simultaneously reducing fraud can be a challenge, and if not done correctly, it can cause the court to decline the settlement – forcing the defendant to start over and wasting valuable time and money. Working with a third-party administrator (TPA) who has a qualified media expert with a long, successful track record of approved notice programs helps prevent these problems, and finding the right third-party administrator can be key to success. Before deciding on a TPA, consider these tips: Avoid TPAs that attempt to “white-label” expertise. Ask the right questions to save you a big headache: Be sure to find out if the media person the TPA works with is in-house, or if they...

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Why Waiting to Consider Settlement Could be a Mistake

Class action lawsuits are complex, and many companies that find themselves involved in them are under the impression that they are in for a long, protracted battle. However, this doesn’t always have to be the case. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to class actions, early settlement consideration can provide a number of benefits to the defending company. Thus, the decision to fight or to settle the lawsuit is not mutually exclusive, but rather can, and often should, be evaluated and pursued simultaneously early in the case. Defending litigation is expensive and the majority of cases end up with a cash settlement. So, the question is: Can an early settlement provide an efficient end to litigation? The simple answer is yes, for a number of reasons. When settlement is considered at the beginning of litigation, class counsel: Has not yet invested copious time and expense – factors which, when added up, can...

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Guest Post: Are Class Action Settlements Tax Deductible?

Guest Post by Peter Robbins, CPA, Partner at Corbett & Robbins, LLP With the exponentially rising role that litigation plays in today’s business world, one might consider the costs associated with settling lawsuits to be “ordinary and necessary” business expenses, rendering them tax deductible under §162 of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC). However, as experienced tax professionals know, there are always exceptions and restrictions to the rules—factors that can leave the unwary with an unexpected and hefty financial burden to bear. To determine whether payments to the settlement class are tax deductible, settling parties must bear in mind the provisions of IRC §162(c)(2) and §162(f), which prohibit deductions for payments that are: 1. Deemed to be illegal under U.S. or state law 2. For a fine or similar penalty paid to a government for the violation of any law Therefore, the ability to receive tax deductions on class action settlements is entirely dependent on tracing...

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When Settlement Claims Exceed the Fund

Experienced class action attorneys know that predicting settlement response rates is anything but an exact science, and it is particularly difficult in today’s environment, with social media and settlement promotion sites. Any class action settlement can go viral, causing unpredictably high claim rates and putting companies at risk of exceeding their settlement fund....

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