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The team at Heffler Claims Group is proud to make our time-tested expertise available on our regularly-updated blog. With more than fifty years of experience in class action and mass tort settlement administration, we’ve built a body of knowledge essential for law firms, corporations, government agencies and other legal professionals. Because we’ve pioneered many of today’s industry standards and remained at the forefront of our industry since our founding, no one knows the ins and outs of claims administration like we do. Gain access to the insights of our industry-leading team, a trusted resource for insider news and perceptive commentary on class action settlement administration.

April 1, 2019 by Mark Rapazzini

Cy Pres Trends in Class Action Settlements

The legal doctrine of cy pres is a French term meaning “as close as possible,” referring in legal terms to the donor or plaintiff’s intentions. With roots in trust law, the doctrine allows for a gift in circumstances where the recipient no longer exists, fulfilling their wish as nearly as possible. In the class action context, the cy pres doctrine allows for the distribution of unclaimed settlement funds to charitable causes, whose causes indirectly benefit the injured class. 

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March 5, 2019 by Heffler Claims Group

Free CLE Webinar: Navigating the Settlement Administration Process from Start to Finish

Proven Strategies for Success from Class Action Industry Veterans

As class action practitioners are aware, no two settlements are exactly alike. There are multiple factors that can impact the process such as the size of the class or the way a settlement is structured.  

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February 19, 2019 by Heffler Claims Group

How Will the Administration of Your Class Action Settlement be Impacted by the New Northern District Guidelines?

A question and answer session with industry veterans and Heffler Partners Jim Prutsman and Ed Radetich.

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February 18, 2019 by Mark Rapazzini

FYI: California Employment Cases Have New Path for Unclaimed Funds

The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) traditionally managed and distributed unclaimed funds to employees from California employment class action lawsuits. However, the DIR recently announced it will no longer accept checks from settlement administrators, plaintiffs, or defendants arising from private litigation in which the Labor Commissioner was not involved. As a result, any checks the DIR receives dated after Oct. 15, 2018 will be returned.

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January 15, 2019 by James Prutsman

Tackling Challenges in TCPA Class Action Administration

The Telephone Consumer Act (TCPA) restricts telemarketing and the use of automated telephone equipment such as pre-recorded voice messages and automatic dialing systems. The act aims to protect consumers from unsolicited phone calls and messages. TCPA cases against companies allegedly contacting consumers in violation of the act bring unique challenges that require unique solutions from your class action settlement administrator to satisfy due process and gain final approval. 

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