March 1, 2017
Partners Jeff Jacobson
and August T. Horvath
were quoted in the Law360
article “Class Action Reform May Curb, But Not Kill, Antitrust Actions.” The article discusses the recently introduced “Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017” and its potential impact on antitrust class actions. Among other reforms, the act would require potential class members to prove they suffered the same type and scope of injury, ban law firms from representing the same client in multiple class actions and introduce new ascertainability requirements on putative classes.
“I think it is way too strong to say that the bill in its current form would eliminate the ability to bring antitrust class actions,” Jeff said, while August added that “The biggest impact of this bill in terms of ascertainability would be these very small-dollar everyday purchases where nobody keeps receipts for longer than a couple of hours.”
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