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Title Class action dilemmas : pursuing public goals for private gain / Deborah R. Hensler [and others].

Imprint Santa Monica, CA : Rand, 2000.


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Description 1 online resource (xxiv, 609 pages) : illustrations
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Physical Medium polychrome. rdacc
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary Class action lawsuits--allowing one or a few plaintiffs to represent many who seek redress--have long been controversial. The current controversy, centered on lawsuits for money damages, is characterized by sharp disagreement among stakeholders about the kinds of suits being filed, whether plaintiffs' claims are meritorious, and whether resolutions to class actions are fair or socially desirable. Ultimately, these concerns lead many to wonder, "Are class actions worth their costs to society and to business? Do they do more harm than good?" To describe the landscape of current damage class action litigation, elucidate problems, and identify solutions, the RAND Institute for Civil Justice conducted a study using qualitative and quantitative research methods. The researchers concluded that the controversy over damage class actions has proven intractable because it implicates deeply held but sharply contested ideological views among stakeholders. Nevertheless, many of the political antagonists agree that class action practices merit improvement. The authors argue that both practices and outcomes could be substantially improved if more judges would supervise class action litigation more actively and scrutinize proposed settlements and fee awards more carefully. Educating and empowering judges to take more responsibility for case outcomes--and ensuring that they have the resources to do so--can help the civil justice system achieve a better balance between the public goals of class actions and the private interests that drive them.
Note Print version record.
Contents Ch. 1: "Attention: all persons or entities" -- ch. 2: A matter of some interest -- ch. 3: Virtues and vices -- ch. 4: Into the fishbowl -- ch. 5: Contact lens pricing litigation: Roberts v. Bausch & Lomb, INC. -- ch. 6: Bank brokerage product litigation: Pinney v. Great Western -- ch. 7: Collateral protection insurance litigation: Graham v. Security Pacific Housing Services, Inc.
Language English.
Subject Class actions (Civil procedure) -- United States.
LAW -- Civil Law.
Class actions (Civil procedure) (OCoLC)fst00863419
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Procédure civile -- États-Unis.
Actions collectives (droit) -- États-Unis.
Law - U.S. - General.
Law - U.S.
Law, Politics & Government.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Added Author Hensler, Deborah R., 1942-
Other Form: Print version: Class action dilemmas. Santa Monica, CA : Rand, 2000 (DLC) 00033262
ISBN 9780833043948 (electronic bk.)
0833043943 (electronic bk.)
0833026046 (hbk.)
0833026011 (pbk.)
Report No. RAND/MR-969-ICJ
Standard No. AU@ 000050896725
AU@ 000051319066
AU@ 000053233027
AU@ 000062590455
DEBBG BV044140711
GBVCP 1008649244
NZ1 11915300

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