The Epiq Angle

Established in April 2016, The Epiq Angle brings you Epiq’s take on topical issues in eDiscovery, bankruptcy, corporate restructuring, data breach response, class action and mass tort administration.

  • September 6, 2017

    Tips for Designing Effective Complex Claim Forms

    Not every class action settlement can use a postcard-sized claim form. Some cases require multi-page claim forms and a significant amount of supporting documentation in order for a claim to be successful. The risk with such cases is that class members may become frustrated and confused with the complexity of the case, leading to unexpected administration costs to assist claimants. It is important to design the claim form and the defect notice process carefully to avoid such circumstances. (Read blog post)

    Filed under: claims administration, class action, class action noticing, collective action, notification

  • March 2, 2017

    Good Class Action Notice Boosts Participation and Results in Good Public Policy

    Opinions vary widely on the value of class actions in our legal system. What shouldn’t be a matter of debate is that once a class action is settled, there is only one objective – informing class members of their legal rights and, if class members can get money, clearly telling them how to get it. It’s not only good for the settlement, it's good public policy in general. Large pools of unclaimed money going to cy pres can make a settlement look bad and invites objections - but even worse, it deprives class members of what the settling parties and the court have decided they are entitled to. (Read blog post)

    Filed under: class action, collective action, compliance, settlement

  • September 27, 2016

    Navigating International Class Actions and Collective Actions in the U.K.

    While class actions have existed for 50 years in the United States, the rest of the world has been slow to adopt the practice. Canada, Australia and the Netherlands are a few examples of other countries that have successfully implemented policies to allow one individual to file a lawsuit on behalf of others similarly harmed. Recently, new legislation was passed in the United Kingdom which will provide the opportunity for this type of litigation in respect to competition claims. (Read blog post)

    Filed under: class action, collective action, settlement