Amanda M. Rose

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University of Chicago Law Review

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class action, research database, claims actions, settlements


Administrative Law | Consumer Protection Law | Law


This Essay proposes the creation of a federally run class action website and supporting administration (collectively, that would both operate a comprehensive research database on class actions and assume many of the notice and claims-processing functions performed by class action claims administrators today. would bring long-demanded transparency to class actions and, through forces of legitimization and coordination, would substantially increase the rate of consumer participation in class action settlements. It also holds the key to mitigating other problems in class action practice, such as the inefficiencies and potential abuses associated with multiforum litigation, the limited success of the Class Action Fairness Act's notice requirement in spurring effective public oversight of class actions, and the potential for abuse inherent in cy pres settlement awards.



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