Class Action Dilemmas: Pursuing Public Goals for Private Gain

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tute a random sample of class action participants. Our discussion of trends in class action filings derives from our interviews with these individuals, but we cannot draw statistical inferences to the population of class action litigators from these interviews. Our analysis of the virtues and vices of damage class actions (presented in Chapter Three) was shaped not only by what we learned in the interviews, but also by our own and others' previous empirical studies of mass torts and class actions, and by the rich legal scholarship on the dynamics of class action litigation.


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During this phase of the research we did not interview legal scholars who have studied class actions. But in the course of our study we had the opportunity to discuss class action policy issues and our research findings with colleagues and others at academic workshops and conferences.

We also did not interview judges during this phase of the research, as we anticipated that practitioners would be a better source of broad nationwide trends in class action filing and settlement practices.

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