Major developments in class action litigation for 2018 – 2019

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In  2018 and the first half of 2019, there were a  number of important developments in class actions.

Among these developments:

  • The United States Supreme Court moved to strengthen arbitration agreements and class action waivers generally
  • Courts continued to grapple with the application of personal jurisdiction principles in class actions
  • Increased focus on the problems of certifying a class that contains uninjured class members
  • Spokeo jurisprudence continues to evolve
  • The Supreme Court releases its highly anticipated decision in China Agritech v. Resh addressing equitable tolling under American Pipe
  •  Five amendments to Rule 23 improved notice and settlement procedures
  • Global class actions and collective redress procedures continue gathering force.

In this roundup of recent developments in class actions, we take a top-level look at class action litigation and consider the trends, issues, and strategies that businesses face in the months to come.