Class Action Dilemmas: Pursuing Public Goals for Private Gain

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Pacific's McGeorge School of Law for the establishment of the Center for Access to the Courts Through Technology. The center would be under the direction of law professor J. Clark Kelso, and its stated purpose would be to facilitate "access to public dispute resolution systems using modern communication and information technologies" with particular awareness of "the special needs of pro per litigants and under-represented persons and consumers." 60

Key Events Date
$5.00 late fees policy begun March 23, 1993
Complaint filed July 25, 1994
Bill allowing $4.75 late fees introduced in
California Senate
February 22, 1995
Motion for class certification filed March 13, 1995
Motion for certification argued April 12, 1995
Class certified April 25, 1995
Print notice deadline July 15, 1995
Broadcast notice deadline July 20, 1995
Opt-out deadline July 30, 1995
Initial trial date (postponed) May 6, 1996
Settlement reached May 31, 1996
Preliminary approval of settlement and order to
notify class
June 26, 1996
Final fairness hearing September 19, 1996
Bill allowing $4.75 late fees signed into law late September 1996
Deadline for submission of claim forms December 31, 1996
Payments mailed to claiming class members early January 1997
Approval of cy pres award to charities November 1998

NOTES
1
As part of our research on this litigation, we interviewed the primary plaintiffs' attorney. We contacted the defendants' attorneys, and through them the defendants, but were not able to interview representatives from either. We contacted the judges involved in this case but they declined to be interviewed because of concerns over pending motions in the matter. We also reviewed the pleadings and papers filed in the case as well as other documents including newspaper and magazine articles, law review articles, and press releases.
2
Selnick v. Sacramento Cable, No. 541907 (Cal. Super. Ct. 1996).

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